Millions of Gauteng traffic fines unenforceable

Millions of traffic fines issued in Johannesburg and Pretoria are unenforceable, according to a report by Moneyweb.

According to the report, the Road Traffic Infringement Agency has failed to pay its bill at the SA Post Office – which has resulted in uncertainty over whether infringement notices have been served.

Post Office E-Business head Nkosinathi Tolom told Moneyweb that the Agency’s account has been suspended since October 2015 due to non-payment.

The Agency is responsible for the administration of the Aarto Act, which is due to roll out countrywide on 1 July, stated Moneyweb.

Fines issued by Johannesburg and Tshwane metro police are administered by the Agency if they are not paid within 32 days.

The Agency must then send letters to motorists by registered mail. Failing to send these notices means the Agency has missed prescribed timelines, stated the report.

Fines for e-toll non-payment

The news of the Agency’s failure to pay its Post Office bills follows claims by Outa that a Department of Transport Gazette published in December could be a veiled attempt by government to fine motorists who are boycotting the e-toll system.

The gazette sought to amend the Aarto Act, with Outa stating it was an attempt to make it easier to include e-toll infringements into the adjudication process by the Road Traffic Infringement Agency.

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