PMB offers traffic fine amnesty

2011-03-04 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality is offering amnesty to motorists who owe the municipality more than R7 million in unpaid traffic fines.

This came out during yesterday’s sitting of the executive committee.

The fines have accumulated over the years and Exco members were told that R7 860 130 has been recovered from traffic offenders since January 2008.

However, R7 771 700 is still outstanding.

Traffic offenders will receive a 50% discount on their outstanding fines provided that they pay them voluntarily.

The amnesty period will run from April 1 to June 31.

The amnesty option, Exco was told, was inspired by what has happened in the eThekwini Metro Municipality.

There, millions of rands in unpaid fines were recovered by offering an amnesty and slashing fines owed by traffic offenders by half.

The metro recovered R11 million in unpaid fines in six months.

Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr said the amnesty will apply to offenders who come voluntarily to pay the fines — “not those caught and not those picked up during roadblocks.”

The amnesty will also not apply to offenders who are caught through the daily number plate recognition roadblocks conducted by the municipality’s traffic officers in partnership with the Safe City Project.

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