Mayor warns traffic offenders of new crackdown

2012-07-26 00:00

THERE will be no more mercy for traffic offenders who collectively owe the capital city R6,4 million.

This was announced by the mayor yesterday, who also warned errant motorists that the city was to employ 110 new traffic cops to watch their every move.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela announced yesterday that traffic offenders who had failed to make use of the traffic fine amnesty would face the full might of the law.

At a press briefing yesterday, Ndlela said that after a six-month amnesty for all motorists with traffic fines and warrants of arrest, few had come forward and only R1,8 million had been collected.

He said warrants of arrest would be sent to drivers with outstanding traffic fines if they did not pay by the end of this month.

In February, traffic offenders were given a 50% discount on their outstanding fines provided they paid them voluntarily.

This did not apply to those caught or picked up during roadblocks.

“Once the amnesty is over we will not extend it and they will be handed over to the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP], who will be responsible for collecting the monies owed,” he said.

Ndlela said the money collected from the amnesty would be used by the municipality’s public safety/risk management department. The money collected by the DPP would be ring-fenced to improve the fleet at the municipality and communications infrastructure such as two-way radios.

To strengthen traffic laws and ensure enforcement of the new metered parking, he said, the municipality would employ 110 traffic officers and 60 traffic wardens.

Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said the metered parking service provider had asked to be given three months to identify bay points and mark them before motorists started to pay to park in the city centre.

He said 110 traffic officers had been provided for in the organisational review and once the council approved the structure, it would start advertising and employing them.

“We will be employing an additional 60 traffic wardens for visibility and the rest will be employed by the service provider,” Nkosi said.

The city plans to increase the reach of traffic officers to areas such as Vulindlela, Edendale, Ashburton, Sobantu and the whole jurisdiction of Msunduzi.

Motorists were also warned that a mobile camera law enforcement project would be launched by Traffic Management Technology by November 1.

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