Metro cops stand to lose R1bn in fines

2011-06-15 07:33

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department could lose about R1 billion because it has not followed Aarto regulations properly, The Star newspaper reported today.

Since June last year, the Metro police have 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 Metro police have continued sending infringement notices via surface mail and not registered mail.

Director Gerrie Gerneke was quoted as saying that postage fees of R18 per notice for registered mail would be too high a cost for the Metro police.

He said the law enforcement agency issued about 430 000 infringement notices a month.

This translates to about 5 160 000 notices a year.

At R18 a notice per registered mail, this would amount to more that R120 million a year in postage fees.

Metro police spokesman Superintendent Wayne Minnaar told The Star that his department had been sending notices via surface mail because offenders receiving registered mail had not been aware that they were getting traffic fines.

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