Monday, October 4, 2010

50% Discount On Traffic Fines


Durban motorists have been offered another amnesty period to pay their outstanding traffic fines after the Municipality’s Council approved a 50 percent discount on fines.

The Municipality is owed over R950 million in outstanding traffic fines.
The incentive will be implemented on 1 October 2010 and will run for a period of six months. The new incentive follows on the success of the 2008 phase, which yielded approximately R100m.

The effects of the tough economic climate on many people and the pending implementation of the Administration Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) were some of the considerations for this amnesty.

Deputy Head of Metro Police Titus Malaza said: "With the pending implementation of AARTO we want to clean up our database as Metro Police. This means that all people with fines issued before October 1st will get a 50% discount. And all those who will get fines after this date will get a 50% discount only if they pay within 32 days.

Otherwise they’ll be liable for the full amount. This amnesty is open to all members of the public, including taxis, buses and motorists. "Those who have many fines can stagger their payments over the six months grace period." Malaza, however warned that normal law enforcement would still continue over the amnesty period.

"We will still continue with roadblocks to check people with outstanding fines. So it’s better for motorists to pay their fines as soon as possible."

Mayor Obed Mlaba has described the amnesty as an early Christmas Present for motorists.

"This is good news for all motorists, especially the taxi industry. I often feel sorry for taxi people and commuters when our officers have to take action against drivers for outstanding traffic fines. This is an opportunity for them to clean up their records. We want to encourage members of the public to make use of this amnesty period and pay their fines."

eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit
Contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820


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