JMPD using drivers as cash-cows - RTIA

2012-08-18 14:47

Johannesburg - The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) has slammed Johannesburg Metro Police department for issuing between 200 000 and 400 000 traffic fines a month, reported the Saturday Star.

RTIA spokesperson, Japh Chuwe told the newspaper that the numbers are alarmingly high in comparison to other metros.

"The JMPD do crazy numbers compared with the 35 000 fines issued in Tshwane," Chuwe said.

The RTIA has accused the department of using motorists as cash-cows to bag around R35m a month in traffic fines. It warned motorists to not fall prey to traffic authorities at roadblocks.

Chuwe was speaking to the Saturday Star this week in the wake of a call made by the SA Local Government Association for the scrapping of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto), citing budget shortfalls in municipalities.

The RTIA is the custodian of the Aarto Act and adjudicates over fines issued by all the traffic authorities in the jurisdiction of Tshwane and Johannesburg where Aarto is implemented.

  • salee.sithwell - 2012-08-18 14:58

    How do we not fall prey to the JMPD at roadblocks? Do we run turn around as soon as we see a roadblock, or what?

      claudia.meads - 2012-08-18 15:44

      The Law Society of South Africa said it best: "...Violence, vigilantism, corruption, xenophobia, disrespect for the law and law enforcement agencies, as well as greed for power, influence and wealth are all collectively destroying the values of nation building, patriotism and respect for law and order. These are the warning signs of a failing state..."

      flysouth - 2012-08-19 19:43

      Claudia - I do not see these as the 'warning signs' - which would imply that the failed state is somewhere in the future. They are simply the solid indicators which tell us that 'failed' is the status applicable today.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-18 15:02

    This cow ain't got no more cash...

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-08-18 15:11

    Exactely, how do we avoid this?

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-18 15:14

    P I G S

      deirdre.maule - 2012-08-20 09:17

      That's an insult to bacon .. bacon tastes good, so does ham and gammon... no I wouldn't compare them to any animals, rather let's just call them bottom feeding a$$ holes

  • matidze.m.michael - 2012-08-18 15:19

    Make sure that your car is 100%

  • devon.meredith.31 - 2012-08-18 15:56

    Simply obey the rules of the road and you won't be fined. Have no problem paying fines I earn but everyone, including public transport and taxi's, should be treated in the same manner.

  • Braam Gouws - 2012-08-18 15:57

    if you are on the right side of the law no problem!!abide by the law then surely you will not get fined!!

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-18 16:29

    "Crazy numbers"? How about crazy drivers? What is this now, enforce the law but only a little bit? We already have too much of that in all facets of society. RTIA should rather be calling for consistent and equitable law enforcement. Taxis and govt ministers do not pay the fines and their summonses get squashed.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-08-18 17:18

      Is it possible the copsoutside of Jo'burg are on the take and therefore not entering as many fines as they should? Then again City of Liverpool handed out just over 146 000 for the whole of last year Manchester City over 138 000 Birmingham over 133 000 Something definitely fishy going on in Jo,burg if they are handing out over 200 000 per month!!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-18 17:39

      @rodney.bevan.58 - but that's England, a well-mannered country where drivers are concerned. People are afraid of the law, get their licenses revoked (and actually stop driving when they do!) after 3 strikes, actually do not drink or have 1 pale ale the whole night because they are driving and worry themselves sick for their car's MOT (an *annual* test of automobile safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required for most vehicles over three years old used on public roads in the United Kingdom). Note, cars over 3 yrs old are checked ANNUALLY. We still have cars held together with sticky tape and string careering about on bald tyres with no brakes with 20 people inside, chickens on top and a few goats in the trailer connected to a tow-bar but not wired to the brake-, head- or indicator-lights (if there were any to start off with)

  • Samantha Cattell - 2012-08-18 16:48

    I dont get one fine in 12 years, and then get 2 one month a part in the exact same place. Funny how that is.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-18 18:28

      Silly nana, doing the same thing in the same place and expecting a different result. None of us can complain about lawlessness when we imagine that we are not part of the problem simply because we've never been caught. It's one of ZAnians most precious logic

  • pws69 - 2012-08-18 17:52

    Depends of the focus of the department. Is it law enforcement, or revenue collection? We all know the focus of JMPD changed when they gave their officers a daily target for fines, or lose their jobs.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-18 18:24

      The 'stats' are just big numbers bandied about. Of the 200-400 000 what class of infringement, how many were paid, how many went to court, of those that went to court how many were reduced or thrown out? If we assume (just for a moment) that these numbers are correct, that means there are 200-400 000 people breaking the law every month - that are caught! That's anarchy all by itself! But also to ask, how many aren't caught?

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-08-18 18:42

    Clearly road safety is not the concern here, but only to rip of as much money as possible. It is time people educate themselves about their rights and make sure they force these "officers" back into their box, the box of peace officers, not revenue collectors for the state.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-08-18 19:52

    I have no respect for JMPD for this very reason. Bunch of lazy arsed BEE morons.

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-19 06:22

    Maybe this is a way to fund the toll roads? I feel so sorry for you guys on the highveldt, the JMPD are ripping you off - next the toll guys, not to mention the usless municipal billing system. You guys definately have seen the worst of the RACIST ANC regime.

  • trixie.munroe.5 - 2012-08-19 08:49

    got a fine for not having a triangle. police say they stopped me because the others cars were going too fast for them to stop them safely. wtf!

  • flysouth - 2012-08-19 19:41

    Why do we have all these agencies such as this one? What exactly are they for, other than to provide a cesspit of corrupt jobs for the 'brothers'?

  • graeme.stockwell - 2012-08-20 06:50

    I get stopped at JMPD road blocks once a week and have not been issued one fine

  • VikashNowath - 2012-10-05 13:32

    Cops use roadblocks coz they too fat and out of shape to catch people. 5F's is what i call them-FAT F#$ks - FIT - FOR - F$%KAL

  • richardnealejohn.underwood - 2012-12-30 19:46

    Someone very close to me has accrued traffic fines in jhb he is in dodging because the idiot in charge of metro traffic refuses to review the fines ,he is a good driver , seatbelt fanatic and all that ,he is an executive. He told me that he has R650,000 worth of traffic fines ( they are unable to see that a fine of R250 suddenly jumps to R25000 as being a computer mistake etc. The citizens of jhb are apparently now waiting on the public defender to sort this out. Maybe one of you knows more about this in the metro, luckily I live a hell of a distance from there

  • wade.wittstock - 2012-12-31 11:11

    The way I boycott the Metro Police is that I now make an effort to no longer speed or put myself in any situation in which that I could get a fine. Not only am I saving this money for myself, Im also not handing over my hard earned cash to these pirates who only want to make a quick buck and who avoid doing any real police work. There's still window washers at the robots and many taxis that should have been taken off the road years ago !!

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