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I got a speeding fine in Stellenbosch. I was doing a whopping 71km/h in a 60 zone. I am so ashamed of myself.
That being said, is there any way I can get out of paying it?
1 - Ignore it
2 - Go and see a public prosecutor and ask him to reduce it. He will knock off 50%
No 1 is the recommended route, unless you live in Stellenbosch
Agree with you fully. This is the argument I raised a few months ago in the etolls thread and represents the only true reason why the etolling legislation is fatally flawed - if the debt is truly a debt, one cannot be imprisoned as a result thereof. If it is not a true debt, then the only reason that one can be imprisoned for failing to pay is if it is a tax.
Lol I still remember the "debate" we had about that, tax or no tax the minster who signed the etolls bill clearly didn't think it through.
Thought I have done a lot of reading up on debt considering I was in an awkward place earlier this year, thankfully got that resolved.
What would the practice be on court issued judgements for etolls ? Since it is not civil you're charged a fine and or jail time not a civil penalty.How exactly will they get funds from you, does such a judgement give them similar rights like a default judgement ?
Just ignore it. Governments etc only can pull this stuff off if we passively allow them. It's like money. It becomes worthless for anything but toilet paper the moment we stop passively giving it meaning and value. Do the same with e-tolls and petty speeding fines.
That is convenient way of screwing the public over.It would be a civil judgment sounding in money like all others. The sheriff would be authorised to attach assets to satisfy the judgment debt if not satisfied within the time periods.
The fact that it also constitutes a criminal offence, in SANRAL's view, does not affect their debt collection efforts. It is just another stick for them to use.
They use a much more blunt method - the NCA is excluded from toll collection.
I heard it was work camps where you will have to pay off your bill earning only R2 a week.