The City of Johannesburg says it will still continue to issue traffic fines based on the evidence caught on speeding cameras, despite the contracts of speed camera service providers coming to an end in January this year.
In a statement, spokesperson Luyanda Longwe said this had resulted in reduced law enforcement capacity.
“JMPD (Johannesburg Metro Police Department) has [since] deployed traffic management officers on various hot spots across the city to man the mobile speed cameras,” Longwe said.
On Thursday morning, Moneyweb reported that several Johannesburg-based companies have not received any speeding fines since March. Normally these companies would receive up to 1000 fines a month.
The Municipal Finance Management Act states that the city is required to cancel the contracts as it is illegal to repeatedly extend contracts without calling for competitive tenders.
The cancelled contracts resulted in an estimated loss of R30m in income to the city.
New contracts are set to be finalised in the next three weeks, Longwe said.
“Traffic law enforcement is not about revenue generating but rather about encouraging residents to abide to road regulations which are aimed at reducing road carnage,” she added.