Motorists urged to pay fines

2018-02-14 06:01
The Road Traffic Infringement Agency’s bus will visit towns and cities throughout South Africa to encourage the payment of traffic fines.Photo: Supplied

The Road Traffic Infringement Agency’s bus will visit towns and cities throughout South Africa to encourage the payment of traffic fines.Photo: Supplied

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The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) will motivate motorists to pay their traffic fines through its new Know Your Traffic Fines Status campaign in February.

The campaign forms part of a national initiative in which buses will visit driving license testing centres, taxi ranks, shopping malls and fuel stations in various municipalities across the country.

Following an event in Kuruman on Wednesday (07/02), the initiative will continue in Kimberley.

The aim is to reach out to motorists and encourage them to check the status of their traffic fines.

Mobile offices will also provide information to road users to enable them to elect options to resolve their traffic fines from the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO).

The RTIA is an agency of the National Department of Transport that encourages compliance with road traffic laws in South Africa.

According to Keitumetse Moticoe, communications officer at the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, the programme is aimed at encouraging positive driving behaviour, increasing voluntary compliance with road traffic laws, curbing road fatalities and penalising and rehabilitating repeat offenders.

“The Department of Transport has declared 2018 to be the year of improved road safety in South Africa,” said Moticoe.

“In an effort to realise this dream, the AARTO community awareness campaign will communicate, inform and educate stakeholders to support and understand the RTIA mandate and the provisions of the AARTO Act, particularly their significance towards ensuring safer roads.”

Communicated messages under AARTO Act is for mMotorists must consider these five elective options within the first 32 days of receiving an infringement notice:

  • make a representation to dispute a traffic infringement;
  • nominate a new driver;
  • arrange to pay for infringements in instalments;
  • apply for revocation of an enforcement order; or
  • elect to be tried in court.

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