Metro ‘losing millions’ in uncollected traffic fines

2015-05-13 06:00

TRAFFIC summons deliverers have been left in the cold by the municipality as no summonses have been delivered for two years, with losses totalling millions.

Gustav Rautenbach, the DA chief whip, said the summons servers were responsible for bringing in a minimum of R600 000 in a bad month, with the average being R1.2-million a month in traffic fines.

“This is how much the metro is losing each month and continues to lose, because the summons delivery is inactive.”

Rautenbach said the 27 summons deliverers, who work on commision, had been unable to provide for their families as a result.

“These 27 people are dependent on the commission from their deliveries. They are getting no income or explanation for their situation from the municipality. They have done an excellent job in retrieving monies needed by the metro and they do not deserve this treatment,” he said.

Municipal spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki, said that this month the municipality had appointed 33 servers on a six-month contract effective from June. “At the time of the contract’s expiry, they will be incorporated where possible into the service provider.”

Mniki was referring to the service provider, Traffic Management Technologies (TMT), which terminated its relationship with the municipality early last year when the municipality failed to pay it R36 000. The municipality reappointed TMT this year, when new service provider Mavambo’s contract was terminated.

Mniki said the problem had occurred when the traffic prosecuting system, the Cyprus system, went down.

“This is always their excuse,” Rautenbach said. “How long are we going to blame the Cyprus system?

“We must remember that fines of more than R500 are written off in two years and fines less than R500 within a year. R2-million has failed to be collected from offenders in the last two years,” said Rautenbach.

An anonymous resident who was also concerned about the summons deliveries and wrote to PE Express said, “There are still honest traffic officials placing their lives on the line and they are not getting paid their overtime because there is no money. No money because summonses are not being served. One of the senior female clerical workers walked away from her desk because of the chaos there.

“These people work with no perks, and take risks to get the job done.

“They get cursed, spat on and bitten by dogs, but do deliver and it’s an important job bringing funds in for the metro.

“People sitting in cosy jobs are not sorted out. If this was a privately owned business, they would have been gone a long time ago, yet because it is state-owned they get away with it.

“It is time for an emergency takeover at the PE Traffic Department,” the resident said

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