'Dialling-drivers' to fork out R1 500

2012-09-11 12:21

Cape Town - Drivers bust in the city while “driving and dialling” will soon have to fork out at least R1 500 to get their cellphones back, a report said on Tuesday.

The Cape Argus reported that from the beginning of 2013, R1 500 was the fine for just a first offence and repeat offenders could end up paying as much as R4 000.

Busted drivers now pay R500 to get confiscated cellphones back but mayoral committee member JP Smith says that the new figures will be modelled on how much the impoundment costs the city.

These steep penalties mean repeat offenders will pay close to R4 000 before their phones are released.

The city hopes that the amount will act as a deterrent and cover the city's costs of impounding the phone.

Since the new bylaw was instituted, 188 phones have been confiscated.

However, the Argus said it counted more than 50 drivers using their cellphones on three busy streets in Cape Town’s CBD.

  • Gichumz - 2012-09-11 12:29

    they will never catch us hahaha

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-09-11 12:32

      true, because you will have died texting while driving...

      themba.mkhize.5494 - 2012-09-11 12:42

      il just buy a new fone with the R4000

      BobM6389 - 2012-09-11 12:58

      Tshilidzi and he may have killed someone else at the same time what an idiot.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 13:33

      Gichumz ~ You think you're very clever now but how clever do you think you'll be feeling when you're lying or ICU along with another person or family's death hovering over you for the rest of your life. What a sad person you are. Shame on you!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 13:50

      @Clifford ~ How old are you?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-11 14:12

      WOW!! The price of a bribe has drastically increased!! Lucky cops!!

      Gichumz - 2012-09-11 15:10

      Hahahaha was a joke ;) I have a bluetooth radio to answer calls :)

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 12:30

    Ok, Just one question, may be a silly one, but lets see. My cellphone is in my bag which is ALWAYS in the boot of my car I have a NUVI garmin that acts as my phone (bluetooth), Nuvi Garmin is stuck to the windsreen - does this mean I cant dial from my garmin as well????

      toofaan.monsoon - 2012-09-11 12:38

      As far as I understand it, hands-free kits are legal. It's just if you hold the phone (meaning that one hand is occupied) thats the problem.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 12:40

      thanks toofaan - Now if only they can do something about the amount of woman i see driving while applying make - up.... LOL

      themba.mkhize.5494 - 2012-09-11 12:43

      one hand will be occupied, whether dialing from dashboard, garmini or actual cell phone

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-09-11 13:03

      any halfway decent smart phone these days has voice dialing capabilitys

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 13:12

      @harley - agreed, but with my luck, while screaming at some dumb B*TCH for driving like an a&* cos she is applying make-up and i say, oh lets say I scream YOU STUPID F&*)(^^ B*TCH and my phone decides to call my ex- mother in-law or boss for that matter?? Neh - dont think so LOL

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-09-11 13:32

      @Shelley, good point, i cleary didn't think this through

      angie.farr81 - 2012-09-11 13:35

      The question is does it (your garmin) have voice recognition?

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-09-11 13:45

      @angie, i don't know for sure, i think some of them do, we have a Parrot system in our car and that does, so it is completly hands=free

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 13:56

      Hi angie - it does, but i refer to my comment earlier LOL

  • jaco.nel.5030 - 2012-09-11 12:34

    I see no change in the amount of drivers (mostly women (ye the ones who can least afford to)) still using their cell phones while driving here in CT. Please arrest them all.

      marschoeman - 2012-09-11 14:02

      Damn women drivers! This morning on the highway, I looked over to my left and there was a woman In a brand new BMW doing 100km/h with her face up next to her rear view mirror putting on her eyeliner. I looked away for a couple seconds... and when I looked back she was halfway over in my lane, still working on that makeup. As a man, I don't scare easily. But she scared me so much; I dropped my electric shaver, which knocked the donut out of my other hand. In all the confusion of trying to straighten out the car, using my knees against the steering wheel, it knocked my Cell Phone away from my ear which fell into my coffee, between my legs! Splashed, and burned Big Peter and the Twins, ruined the damn phone, soaked my trousers, and disconnected an important call. Damn women drivers!

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 14:07

      jou ma: LOL you had me going at first with the start of your comment, until i read about your coffee etc. LOL

      monika.rohlwink - 2012-09-11 14:27

      @jou ma: HAHAHAHAHA...... thanks for the good belly laugh! Lovely sense of humour. And, yes, I am a woman driver, but I put on my make-up in the office.

  • john.moodley.7 - 2012-09-11 12:35

    then metro will take the phones for their kids.

  • johnny.neto - 2012-09-11 12:37

    As far as I know they only confiscate the phone after removing the SIM card and giving the SIM card back to you. If your phone is valued at less than R1500 why would you want to pay the fine of R1500 to get it back ? Just keep on buying cheap phones if you don't wanna pay the fine. The more correct approach is to stop dialling whilst driving. Pull over if you have to and safe to do so.

      jaco.nel.5030 - 2012-09-11 12:42

      True. Wonder if you can get a nice hands free/bluetooth kit for under R500. Might make things even easier. - 2012-09-11 13:03

      Because you still have to pay the fine even if you don't collect it. You have to pay the fine before you collect. Remember the policeman will check your drivers license and car license at the same time. If you fall short you will be fined there. If you don't pay they issue a warrant. I have no problem with these laws. Just want better enforcement

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-11 13:27

      Yes, Jaco. I bought one the other day in Cape Gate at Vodacom shop. The one close to Shoprite. It was R 169.00. Make is a Hybrid. Just remember they sometimes let you still sound hollow to the person on the other end. I, unfortunately, stepped on mine.(bad me!) I still prefer a Parrot system with a digital screen. It taps into your phone and show you the numbers as well as you can access your phone through it. You can do nearly all call related things through it. It gets connected to your car speakers and cut your radio/music out when calls come in or get made. .....but I think it is of a higher price class that you want to spend. I am currently looking for a distributor and fitter for Parrot.( had one before, but seams those guys gone bang)

      jaco.nel.5030 - 2012-09-11 13:38

      @Du Toit – I did a quick search on bidorbuy. Prices start at about R160 (but go all the way up to R2500). Either way, pretty affordable.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-09-11 12:39

    Make sure to keep a phone worth R200.00 in your car..... all the time.

      gabriel.melim - 2012-09-11 13:09

      If you are going into all that effort, just spend that money on a bluetooth headset!!!!!!!

  • ambauli - 2012-09-11 12:39

    Ah the old 'write-new-laws-while-we-can't-enforce-the-old-ones' trick, I know it well

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-09-11 13:10

      Its cheaper to drink and drive....

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-11 12:49

    Hopefully this will apply to the cops too. If they are not parked under a tree somewhere sleeping they are driving with their cell phone in hand. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.....Lead by example!

  • hamish.drake1 - 2012-09-11 12:51

    Good luck getting your phone back

  • sonk.goosen - 2012-09-11 12:56


  • deicide - 2012-09-11 12:57

    car manufacturers should install handsfree kits in all new cars - 2012-09-11 13:04

      You can choose to have one installed. Why should someone that doesn't want a phone while driving pay for the stupidity of others

  • russell.bennett1 - 2012-09-11 13:11

    Just a bloody wealth tax... so anyone who can't afford a car with integrated BT or a BT car kit can't do business while on the move. What a clever little control technique.

      my10cent - 2012-09-11 15:08

      You CAN afford it - just stop wasting money on crap!

  • yolanda.roozen - 2012-09-11 13:17

    Good! I have a plain old Polo Vivo, and it came with Bluetooth, so no excuse for those expensive car drivers who are always on their phones. And it has voice dialing. My phone is in the boot, in my bag. no problem!

      my10cent - 2012-09-11 15:05

      You go girl - we need more people like you on our roads.

  • carl.koekemoer.9 - 2012-09-11 13:22

    Confiscating phones, and charging us to pay for them to confiscate it and impound it! Worse than school.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 13:35

      Well, if you want to behave like a child, what do you expect?

  • cgieljoumie - 2012-09-11 13:30

    1500 now the city is getting a bit greedy

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-11 14:09

    But if you race through a red robot you get a R500 fine.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 14:27

      tick tock tick tock - lets see who does not get the joke........

      monika.rohlwink - 2012-09-11 14:32


  • idbosman - 2012-09-11 14:50

    Im gonna vote ANC next election. This ***** DA government is just trying to play Swiss. What a waste of TIME and resources! WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP. As if there isnt more important things that kills people... Stop jooing!

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 15:30

      You will not say this when the day comes that one of your family members islying inICU fighting for their lives and the reason they are there is bacuase is some A*&hole was not paying attention, butwas busy texting or dialling. Dont be stupid PLEASE!!

      idbosman - 2012-09-11 15:36

      Shelley, We've evolved. Most people can multi task AND there are much more pressing issues than people driving with phones... Seriously, this government is attempting to be fashionable: to entertain their pale voters. Thats all. I wish they could aim resources at more pressing issues

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 15:41

      NO - people CANNOT multi task. I seen every single day how people drive, and swerve etc when in traffic, & when you get next to them all yousee is them on a cell or some stupid cow applying make up, & because they are pre-ocupied they ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION and DO NOT have FULL Control of their cars.

      IcemanGP - 2012-09-11 16:53

      Evolved?? Yeah rite, try pulling the other one.

  • WysJouMys - 2012-09-11 15:02

    Quick question... what about people that screw around on their GPS's?

  • Shibe McPheme - 2012-09-11 15:03

    i won't pay 1500 a phone worth less than that. i'd rather buy a new 1. but this is serious, cellphones r killing many innocent ppl on the road

      manamela.sebodu - 2012-09-11 15:41

      yeah t wud b stupidity 2pay R1500 fine 4a phne that worth R500

  • tito.ndlovu.5 - 2012-09-11 15:31

    here is an idea, i should patent this 1 and earn royalties when its implemented: I suggest we introduce big "W" signs to be pasted on the rear windscreen of every female operated vehicles. Genius....right?

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 15:33


      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 15:34

      and for all male drivers we will put an even bigger 'P" on the back of their cars?

      marschoeman - 2012-09-11 15:54

      @SHelleyVorster... "P" for "Pretty damn good driver"?

      tito.ndlovu.5 - 2012-09-11 17:17

      @Shelly I believe it takes 1 to see 1 that makes you a bigger moron , moron

  • osama.pascal - 2012-09-11 15:56

    Couldn't care less about madam godZille province, its draconian fines and being called a refugee in my own country. Am happy where I am.

      IcemanGP - 2012-09-11 16:54

      Tut tut, child.

  • binarycape - 2012-09-11 18:38

    None of the hoi polloi are going to fork out that to get their phone back. The authorities need to be realistic if they are going to crack down. Rather just confiscate the phone, confiscation of drivers licence for 6 months AND issue a hefty on-the-spot fine and/or immediate arrest? It will not take long for people to come to heel then. If you want to implement changes to people's road and cell phone etiquette and stop others being put in danger through the 'cleverness' of those who think it is not dangerous to use a phone while driving then you need to make it hurt - IMMEDIATELY. And anyone caught also has to do community service in the trauma units of A&E/Casualty, so they can see the results of being 'clever' on the road.

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-09-11 18:43

    Good that would teach you NOT drive while using your stupid phone!!!!! Get off the road and do your bloody business on the side idiot!!!!!!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-11 18:54

    Good. now they are talking business, Christmas bonus coming up soon.

  • syd.harling - 2012-12-05 12:00

    Jou_Ma. Bloody brilliant post mate. LMAO and fell about on the floor.

  • pages:
  • 1