Traffic blitz nets R7,5 mln

2010-12-03 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality’s tough new stance on illegal activities in the city is paying off.

And the city has received a boost of just under R8 million, mainly by fining residents caught breaking by-laws and traffic rules.

A report presented at yesterday’s sitting of the executive committee said the prosecutions and income from fines were the result of work done by municipal peace officers between July 1 and October 31.

It said the traffic department generated the most income over these months, netting the municipality R7 516 060. The bulk came from fines involving stationary cars.

Of the 6 595 motorists charged, 5 743 were successfully prosecuted and fined R4 648 660.

Moving violations swelled the municipality’s coffers by R1 866 650, with 5 236 drivers prosecuted of the 5 321 charged.

Safe City, the CCTV crime surveillance service in the CBD, brought in R1 000 750 from 1 137 arrests and prosecutions after 1 576 warrants were executed.

The licensing department collected R160 275 over the four months, with the bulk coming from dog licences. The 2 900 dog licences issued cost R36 694, while R51 810 was made as a result of the 661 people prosecuted for failure to license their dogs.

An amount of R30 317 was paid to the municipality by 70 people who successfully applied for the right to erect banners and posters in the city.

Seven people were successfully prosecuted for putting up banners and posters without permission, resulting in an additional amount of R22 000 for the municipality.

A sum of R18 954 was generated from the 45 business licences issued while two prosecutions netted the municipality an extra R500.

Illegal dumpers will no longer escape unscathed. Of the 163 notices issued for illegal dumping, 157 were successfully prosecuted and the municipality gained R77 700.

The environmental health section boosted the municipality’s finances by R43 650. This was a result of the 54 successful prosecutions relating to the failure to abide by environmental health regulations.

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