JMPD using drivers as cash-cows - RTIA

2012-08-18 14:47
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Johannesburg - The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) has slammed Johannesburg Metro Police department for issuing between 200 000 and 400 000 traffic fines a month, reported the Saturday Star.

RTIA spokesperson, Japh Chuwe told the newspaper that the numbers are alarmingly high in comparison to other metros.

"The JMPD do crazy numbers compared with the 35 000 fines issued in Tshwane," Chuwe said.

The RTIA has accused the department of using motorists as cash-cows to bag around R35m a month in traffic fines. It warned motorists to not fall prey to traffic authorities at roadblocks.

Chuwe was speaking to the Saturday Star this week in the wake of a call made by the SA Local Government Association for the scrapping of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto), citing budget shortfalls in municipalities.

The RTIA is the custodian of the Aarto Act and adjudicates over fines issued by all the traffic authorities in the jurisdiction of Tshwane and Johannesburg where Aarto is implemented.

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