Joburg metro could lose R1bn
Johannesburg - The Johannesburg Metro Police
Department (JMPD) could lose about R1 billion because it has not followed Aarto
regulations properly, The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Since June last year, the JMPD has been
sending infringement notices to motorists by post instead of by registered
mail. This makes them invalid.
Section 30 of the Administration Adjudication
of Road traffic Offences (Aarto) Amended Act stipulates that infringement
notices must be personally served or be sent by registered mail to the last
known address of people who have infringed the law.
But the JMPD has continued sending
infringement notices via surface mail and not registered mail.
Director Gerrie Gerneke was quoted saying
that postage fees of R18 per notice for registered mail would be too high a
cost for the JMPD. He said the law enforcement agency issued close to 430 000
infringement notices a month.
Spokesperson Superintendent Wayne Minnaar
told the newspaper that the department had been sending notices via surface
mail because offenders receiving registered mail had not been aware they were
getting traffic fines.