Go slow: Howick residents up in arms over new 40 km/h zone

2011-09-07 00:00

UMNGENI motorists are up in arms after receiving hefty speed fines in Howick. To their consternation they discovered that without prior warning the speed limit had been reduced from 60 km/h to 40 km/h. Cameras have recently become operational and motorists complain that they are picking up three and more speeding tickets in one day.

Democratic Alliance councillor Tim Lindsay-White said he has been inundated with complaints from motorists who have received fines in the post ranging from R750 to R2 500. He said the reduced speed zones are between the N3 interchanges and Howick and Merrivale. “Hundreds of motorists are likely to have been affected in a relatively short time,” Lindsay-White said.

He added that his own inquiries revealed that at some stage about four years ago someone at the municipality took a decision to reduce the speed limit to 40 km/h.

It seems no one was aware of this as there were no regulatory signs nor previous fines. However, cameras were recently mounted and with them the 40 km/h signs.

He added that residents are concerned that revenue rather than road safety is the aim.

Lindsay-White said that a company called TMT had been issuing the fines.

“The appointment of TMT, the speed enforcement administrators, had been questioned in the full council meeting at the end of August, when it was resolved to defer the matter until it could be confirmed that due process had been followed.

“Yet TMT had issued fines before council had even been informed that they had been appointed, and continued fining motorists after council had ruled that the matter be pended subject to verification,” he added.

Lindsay-White advised motorists who have received fines in the 40 km/h zones to make representation to the manager of traffic and licensing at uMngeni with a view of having the fines reduced.

He is also establishing whether a town can change its speed limit from the national norm without gazetting and informing citizens.

Acting municipal manager Sandile Buthelezi did not respond to an SMS by the time of going to press. — Witness Reporter.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.