Cape Town losing R7m/ month in traffic fines

2012-10-05 12:16

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town is losing about R7m each month in revenue from unpaid traffic fines, the Cape Times reported on Friday.

Safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said between 40-46% of fines were collected.

The city said many citizens were "defeating the ends of justice" by providing incorrect addresses to the Electronic National Administration Traffic Information System (eNatis).

It wanted the online vehicle registration system to be suspended.

DA councillor Cedric Thomas said the online system did not have a function asking motorists to verify their addresses, and no proof of address was needed when renewing licences.

This made serving summonses and warrants of arrest "impossible", and only 38% of them were served.

According to the report, the safety and security portfolio committee would meet with the mayoral committee and Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle to formulate an administrative process to tackle the problem.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-05 12:35

    I wonder what the stats are in Gauteng?

      Willie - 2012-10-05 13:03

      Terrible and they still want to activate toll gats

      thato.seloane - 2012-10-05 14:03

      How do they lose R7 million they didn't generate / produce?

      vaughan.lund - 2012-10-05 15:38

      Not sure about Gauteng but heard that in Pietermaritzburg its as high as 85% of traffic fines do not get paid.

      edward.d.beesley - 2012-10-05 18:18

      Excellent point, Thato!!

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-10-08 09:34

      I know for a fact, that 4 years ago, Gauteng was only collecting about 10% of fines... Under the new AARTO act, unless a fine is send by registered post, you have receieved it ilegally, and therefor it is null and void... if you do receive a fine via normal post, just ignore it, there is actually nothing the JMPD can do...

  • el.torro.509 - 2012-10-05 12:38

    Well good fines etc are supposed to be a deterrent and a punishment not a revenue stream. Makes it sound like government actively needs and wants you to speed to earn a buck. Besides even when they do have your address they cant be bothered to send you a lisence renewal notice!

      VWhitepaw - 2012-10-06 01:29

      Worse of all.. The cops is told they have to make so much money this month. Thus they go out to trap more people for speeding. But having a deadline, I wonder how many traps are adjused/fixed to catch people just to make their target... Nothing like adding an extra 10 KM to a speed trap to push you over the limit... And you can't argue... because you didn't see them and the ticket only get to you in a month or two. I sometimes wonder if the trafic cops know there are other traffic offences other then speeding. Like driving on the side of the road in the yellow lane. Know a few places they would make a killing on that in fines. And it would alleviate tension in trafic because soon no one would zoom past you to push infront of you. I wish...

  • el.torro.509 - 2012-10-05 12:38

    Well good fines etc are supposed to be a deterrent and a punishment not a revenue stream. Makes it sound like government actively needs and wants you to speed to earn a buck. Besides even when they do have your address they cant be bothered to send you a lisence renewal notice!

  • cheryl.goldwyer - 2012-10-05 12:40

    make it law that repeat offenders, when caught have their vehicles confiscated and crushed.

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-05 12:49

    take taxis off the road

  • denzil.small - 2012-10-05 12:51

    Yes, more money for the government to waste and steal and spend on crap.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-10-05 13:02

    The way the article is worded, you would think that traffic fines is a business. Maybe they should encourage speeding to make up for the 'loss'.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-05 13:39

      LOL - Nice one Tony.

  • igshaanp - 2012-10-05 13:08

    they can go collect it from jacob zumas upgrade

  • rodney.scholtz - 2012-10-05 13:16

    Why are some Traffic Cops little more than legalized 'bush robbers’ Why does their attitude toward general public reflect little or no respect? Why is it whether you are guilty or not you are stopped and treated with little or no respect? And why are they are quick to demand it? Actually the entire traffic system as it stands needs a makeover, beginning with staff attitude. In all the time using SA roads since 84, I have only met 4 nice one's, the rest had an ego based attitude problem. Why treat everyone like a suspect? It’s simply revolting. Its no loss or surprise that people no longer want to contribute to this nonsensical speed obsessed form of 'law enforcement'. The extremes to which they resort to 'catch' people off guard border on being ridicules. Another thing....why are so many of them overweight??? I am convinced those are the lazy ones...and the probable bush robber types.

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-10-05 13:20 CT publically admit they benefiting from crime and actually call fines being imposed for criminal offenses as being "revenue".....I thought fines where used to deter people from breaking the law, here it sounds like CT like ALL municipalities in SA, actually see fines a about benefiting from crime.

      raquel.sales.7547 - 2012-10-05 14:20

      R7 million PER MONTH - I'm curious to know, what if all fines were paid -where would this money go to?

  • daleinn - 2012-10-05 13:33

    Got a solution, stop desperately trying to fine people to generate revenue... people cant afford to pay fines.. they getting ripped off with the current cost of taxes, fuel levies, electricity , food prices, debt repayment..

  • tammy.laumann - 2012-10-05 13:50

    Hey News24, this picture if of a country that has old-school American busses where they drive on the opposite side of the road compared to us. Just an observation.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-05 13:55

    how can the non-payment of fines be construed as lost revenue ???? catch the rapists, murderers, robbers, corrupt politicians etc. the resultant savings will equate to billions in terms us being able to work/live in peace and be productive. until then you can F off.

  • seymore.butt - 2012-10-05 13:56

    I must be the only moron paying each of my speeding fines! But then I am not South African either!

  • Neven.Subrayal - 2012-10-05 14:29

    Instead of only issuing fines to motorists that exceed the speed limit and by trying to reduce the maximum speed limit so that they can make more money off the general public, how about actually showing a presence and not hiding behind a bush or a camera and prevent all traffic infringements. The current method used by the traffic department only creates a more lawless society.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-05 15:34

      Oh I have to agree, anyway, we all warn each other if there are cops on th road dont we?

      VWhitepaw - 2012-10-06 01:15

      But that would result in having to fine themself also. For skipping robots. Parking in yellow lines or disabled zones. Not stopping at stop streets and all the rest. And I'm talking when they are not responding to an incendent. Just driving about. Then they have to abide by the same laws we do.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-05 15:33

    I wonder how they would estimate the revenue on the bribes paid? Prolly more than R7 million.........its so much easier to pay a discount that go through all the fuss of fines. My neighbour was fined for his trailer in a game park in Limpopo, and the vehicle in question was parked in his garage. We were all shocked....we never did get to the bottom of this incident.

  • sivuyisen - 2012-10-05 16:31

    Does cape town council budget on lottery(traffic fines)

  • yvonne.c.martin.71 - 2012-10-05 17:07

    Let Sheriffs assist!!

  • howard.dembovsky.5 - 2012-10-05 20:50

    Surprise people! ALL traffic authorities in this country have come to believe that traffic enforcement is about making money, not about saving lives or changing behaviour of delinquent motorists. This is EXACTLY why we continue to see somewhere in the order of 38 people per day dying on our roads, whilst Metros and Municipalities continue to pocket their blood money from their speed cameras, aided by PRIVATE COMPANIES whose business models are based on high volumes of fines – not reducing violations. Furthermore, I can't for the life of me understand why the Republic of Cape Town constantly insists on trying to reinvent the wheel. Government Gazette No.35413 of 8 June 2012 already contemplated an amendment to the National Road Traffic Regulations requiring people to show proof of address when renewing licences. All that is required is for regulation 32A to come into force and within 12 months, all vehicle owners’ address details will be verified; but instead Cape Town wants to chuck out the eNaTIS system and replace it with what exactly? Instead of wasting their efforts trying to reinvent the wheel, why don’t they get Robin Carlisle to simply bring pressure to bear that National Legislation changes which make sense be escalated? The National Road Traffic Act was enacted to provide uniformity in traffic laws in South Africa, not to allow the Western Cape to constantly try to revert to the Road Ordinance which caused so much confusion.

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-10-06 08:50

    lose R7 million? that's impossible... maybe they put fake license plates, or they moved out already, or they didn't want to update the resident address afterward... whatsoever it won't work..

  • teddy.haugk - 2012-12-30 21:41

    Hi,still have summonses unpaid,back from the early 8o`s.Sies tog.

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