Pay traffic fines or face arrest

2017-06-21 06:02

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has warned everyone with outstanding traffic fines to either appear in court or pay the fine before the specified date. Failure to do so will result in a warrant of arrest being issued.

This, after reckless statements encouraging the public not to pay their fines, surfaced resulting in a huge impact on the legal processes of the municipality in which hundreds and thousands of fines have not been paid.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki said that currently only 25% of the people who have received fines or summons to appear in court have actually paid their fines or appeared in court.

“To date a staggering R54,8 million of outstanding warrants have not been paid, relating to approximately 64 000 outstanding cases and more than R347 million of unpaid fines, 1.1 million cases in total – which excludes warrant-related cases – are currently registered in the system.

“These have not yet been converted to warrants and accordingly the public can still pay them or appear in court on the said court dates stipulated in the fines.”

Mniki added that the municipality has engaged with the National Department of Transport to implement the Natis Block on relicensing vehicles, meaning that vehicle owners with outstanding warrants will not be able to relicense their motor vehicles until the outstanding warrants have been settled.
“As means of ensuring lawlessness and safety, the Traffic Department in conjunction with the Metro Police will be manning roadblocks over the next three months. Any person stopped who has a warrant of arrest outstanding will be arrested and brought before court.”

The following fines have been increased with immediate effect:

1. Driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s licence increased from R1 000 to R1 500.

2. Failing to comply with a stop sign increased from R1 000 to R1 500.

3. Failing to stop at a red traffic signal R1 000 to R1 500.

4. Holding a cell phone device in your hand or any part of body while driving from R800 to R1 500.

Members of the public who want to pay their outstanding traffic fines can also pay via the municipal website under the heading EServices, subsection E Fines.

The Budget and Treasury Directorate will also be installing speedpoint machines at the Traffic Department and customer care centres to assist with the payment of fines.

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