Durban taxi drivers owe R3.6m in fines

2012-06-06 22:27

Durban - Durban taxi drivers were the worst traffic offenders as they owed the city R3.6m in unpaid traffic fines, with one driver owing R274 000, the Daily News online reported on Wednesday.

Police have issued a warrant of arrest for the man, who has accumulated up to 538 fines ranging from speeding, overloading to driving through a red traffic light.

He was at the top of the list of the 30 worst offenders in Durban.

Drivers belonging to a fleet of taxis registered GLAYER ZN collectively owe the city R1.3m.

Metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi said minibus taxi drivers often had more outstanding fines because they had more than one driver, while other drivers absconded after accumulating several traffic fines.

'They know that the lifespan of a warrant is only two years, so they move from one city to the next,' he was quoted as saying by the Daily News online.

In total Durban motorists have accumulated R1.3bn in unpaid traffic fines since 2005, including R100m from this year.

  • zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-06-06 22:40

    Silly me!! I didn't know that a warrant expires after two years. Thank you Mr. Msomi, I'm only 4 months away now. But the taxi drivers don't want any money leaving their pockets, it should only come in. For Glayer all they do is Pimp their taxis and not pay fines. And I'm surprised that its only 3.6 Million that taxis only owe, perhaps its these warrants that expire that are reducing the money. But the Metro police should impound these taxis when they are found.

      Rob - 2012-06-07 08:43

      The questions we should be asking is... How is this allowed to happen ? Who is responsible for allowing it to happen ? Would this have happened pre 94 ? The " revelooting " continues !

  • Hudayfah - 2012-06-06 22:54

    lol arent these the idiots that said no whites and indians should give them fines?

      roy.hart.54 - 2012-06-07 02:23

      love that dude you on the money,they make a joke ,laughing at the law,all of us,white,Indian,Black,no respect for the law,roads,other people,lives etc

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-06-06 22:55

    Dbn Metro have NO CHANCE of me paying them a cent until they short out their dogshow. Not only fines but also pointsmen when lights are down and correct officiating of clearly unroadworthy vehicles.

  • Hudayfah - 2012-06-06 22:57

    lol arent these the idiots that said no whites and indians should give them fines?

  • John - 2012-06-06 23:05

    Only R3.6M ? I spit at your R3.6M !!! I see your R3.6m and raise you all the unpaid fines of Gauteng murderers behind taxi driver's seats...I bet you they're worse than the Durban taxis! And they don't care what language the cops here speak! :) they're equal opportunity criminals you see...

  • Sonja - 2012-06-06 23:18

    Maybe i should burn rubbish bins and throw rocks at shop windows untill my parking fine is quashed.

      John - 2012-06-06 23:30

      While we're at it, we steal bread and Camembert from The Breadbasket in Eastgate in protest ( I hear the bread is nice there..) until all our fines are squashed! ( I suck at toyi-toying so need to find other measures of protest!)

  • Nicolaas - 2012-06-07 00:11

    Now wonder they striked to ahve these fines cancelled. My question, all drives licences are registered nationally, why are they not arrested when the records show that they are active in another city? Clearly there is grounds to arrest them in the other city and brought back to face the courts? If no stones can be unturned to get criminals deported back to SA, how come that we cannot do the same in our own country. I mean, how difficult is it to transport an ofender from JHB to KZN? They can even use City to City LOL!

      Alan - 2012-06-07 09:23

      Or a taxi! Then he will sh%t himself as a passenger seeing how the other person drives.

  • Pat - 2012-06-07 00:38

    u will see blood come from a stone b4 u see that money!!

  • Eduard Bloem - 2012-06-07 01:21

    just impound all the taxis that have outstanding fines... it is done to every other transport organization. taxis are anyway the root of 90% of accidents and road fatalities, allot more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • Lee Lilith Van Coller - 2012-06-07 02:22

    impound! YES, and check them for roadworthy. arrest the owners of the taxi's. without the vehicle and the person running the taxi's the drivers won't have jobs. and i honeslty don't care if they families go hungry, as they do not care about other families losing family members due to their negelgant driving. they should just send out a warning that in one month any taxi that do not pass the roadworthy, should be written off. that will clear more than half of them. then they should sell the parts and use that money to provide trustworthy public transport with additional money from all the fines. they should sit in jail untill every cent has been payed off. they come off to easily

  • realeboga.senwedi - 2012-06-07 02:25

    Thts a lot of money,whr wl taxi drivers get R3.6m? Tjo

      Rob - 2012-06-07 09:17

      Typical mentality. This & the millions that think like this are the problem in this country !

      Pat - 2012-06-08 00:32

      hahaha, dam u are as backwards as they come!!! came from the same school as all the anc memebers, bushveld high school!!!!

  • Mark - 2012-06-07 04:02

    Crushing the taxis into blocks of scrap metal and selling them to offset the fines sounds like a win-win situation to me.

  • kingpin.molema - 2012-06-07 06:11

    Govt is so scared of taxi drivers, this is easy - take the damn moving coffin out off the road until they pay - do not renw their licences. Mantashe and blade must comeout and lambast this as they use to do with other issues - ohh mthembu as well

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-07 06:28

    Not just are they owing fines and putting commuters lives at risk. They are a danger to ALL on the road. One suggestion I have, a warrant of arrest for the Taxi bosses. They are their employers and should be making sure the job is done correct. Then see how things change...

  • anthro45 - 2012-06-07 06:45

    And everybody in the traffic dept are to scared to do anything about this. That's why these drivers think they are untouchable. It's a matter of the tail wagging the dog.

  • Sharon - 2012-06-07 06:58

    Very easy! Take their vehicles off the road and then they won't incur any more fines!! Then put them in jail for non payment!

  • ivan.vandermerwe.10 - 2012-06-07 07:00

    If Durban Metro Police did their jobs, and didn't hide in the bush or park and sleep in their cars, this would not be the case.

  • Wayne - 2012-06-07 07:06

    Not surprising then that this is JZ's support base.

  • sesom - 2012-06-07 07:11

    Very simple....Take away their taxis...Lock up these idiots, until their fines are paid..

  • Abdul - 2012-06-07 07:25

    The reason they have THAT many fines is obviously cos they breaking laws....The punishment for flouting laws is "LOCK EM UP" . These are the very same guys who are killing and maiming thousnads of people annually, by causing road crashes. Road crashes cost our economy millions and heartache to families!!!Clearly something must be done!!!!See pictures and videos and educational content on fatalmovesdotcom

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-06-07 07:28 if they gonna pay those fines. Taxi bosses and drivers don't abide by the laws of the road and traffic depts are too scared to do anything about it. Bet my life if that was normal road users there would be arrests. They can stop bitching about it cause they not gonna do anything about these taxis anyways...

  • wayne.kukard - 2012-06-07 07:49

    I dont know why the mtero police fools themselves and pull off taxi drivers ITS A WASTE OF PAPER AS THEY WILL NEVER PAY FOR IT. They get away with murder so why pay for a speeding fine???????????????????? WAKE UP we need a new police system

  • justin.massyn - 2012-06-07 08:03

    Aside from the fact that they owe a huge amount of money in outstanding fines. I believe that they should not be fined, instead they should be subjected to a time penalty. Bear with me. Police catches taxi driver committing an offense, remove his keys (if he has keys) and he must sit for a defined period, 30 mins, whatever. His customers will get out, he will need to refund them. Should effect them were that feel it.

      ben.olivier - 2012-06-07 08:31

      Brilliant Idea! You'll see them paying the fines quickly.

  • lwazi.sithole.9 - 2012-06-07 08:09

    I think the metro should keep on fining them; the eventuality is that they seize the vehicle and impound it until all fines are paid.. they may seem like they are getting away with it; yet they wont.

  • Tim√ęsto Van Dyk - 2012-06-07 08:12

    Instead of e-Tolling systems being implemented for generating revenue, why don't they go and get money from the traffic offenders and leave the law abiding citizens alone

  • Goolam Mohiyudeen Ameer - 2012-06-07 08:15

    sensationalist reporting. do the math. while they may be the single biggest contributor, taxi fines are not even a % of total of R1.3b. that means the rest of the offenders are you and I.

  • nick.athinodorou - 2012-06-07 08:41

    Make sure they issue the fines in Zulu so they can understand....maybe they will pay them then!!

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-07 09:06

    Well they get treated like royalty, above the Law, they will never pay. Sorry Durbs - kiss that money goodbye.

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