Justice group: Traffic enforcement corrupt

2012-08-07 18:35

Johannesburg - Reports that the SA Local Government Association (Salga) has blamed new legislation for losses in traffic fines highlight the corrupt nature of law enforcement in South Africa, the Justice Project SA (JPSA) said on Tuesday.

The Star reported recently that Johannesburg had lost R150m and Tshwane R40m in traffic fine income, as a result of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act.

Municipalities represented by Salga had come to believe that traffic law enforcement was about making money rather than ensuring road safety, JPSA said.

ENatis traffic system

The shortfall of R208m, against a budgeted figure of R400m for income from traffic fines from Johannesburg metro police (JMPD) had led to calls for the Aarto Act to be scrapped.

However, few infringement notices issued by JMPD were issued on the eNaTiS traffic system, which provided a courtesy letter and later an enforcement order.

Most infringement notices were issued on the JMPD's own system, and so were not associated with the Aarto fine collection process.

All revenue from fines issued on the JMPD's own system went directly to the JMPD, although 50% of the value was payable to the issuing authority.

In addition, the JMPD sent most infringement notices by ordinary mail, although Aarto required notices to be served in person or by registered mail.

Demerit system

"People have no doubt become wise to the unlawful behaviour of the JMPD over the past two years, and have realised that since the JMPD cannot prove that they have lawfully served infringement notices on them, nothing can or will happen if they simply ignore them," said JPSA.

The Aarto Act conflicted with municipal agendas, as a demerit system would diminish the pool of motorists, with some being removed from the roads.

"Logically, should traffic law enforcement be successful in achieving greater compliance with traffic laws, this would greatly damage the bottom line of the municipalities."

Road fatalities cost the fiscus R40bn a year, while the cost to the economy was over R200bn a year.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-07 18:45

    Just as corrupt as the rest of the "governers"! No surprise!

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-07 19:05

    That is just one department! ALL departments are rotton to the core..

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-07 19:09

    it's not millions, it's billions

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-07 20:15

    That is what we, the motoring public, have known all along - it is not about road safety but money making, balancing the budget, filling the municipal coffers. Hence the reliance on speeding offences, the numerous speed traps with cameras and the parking tickets. A true concern about road safety would pay more attention to poor road conditions and moving violations such as passing across white lines on a blind rise or before a sharp corner or cutting in or tailing or having no lights or only one dim excuse for a light at night and other unroadworthy defects, not to mention the genuine unroadworthy wrecks that go by untroubled. But that is too difficult so we say speed kills and put up a camera on a downslope. Works unfailingly.

      wilma.kellerman.90 - 2012-08-07 22:15

      I agree 100%.Sad but true. They should concentrate on road safety,speeding is not the only issue.

      mbonyathi - 2012-08-08 10:02

      and if they cared about safety they should install physical cameras and make sure no traffic officers sit in the middle of the road with the mobile speed trap..coz their lives are at risk. how would it be if we all sat in the center barriers just like they do and see if we would get arrested and if we do that means they need to be arrested as well

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-10-18 08:40

      One of the key points of AARTO is to get serial violators off the roads! If that means the 'pool' of motorists gets smaller, then the good drivers will be left and lives saved. I would support that if the authorities could see the point of traffic law enforcement is actually safety of the citizens not their salaries.

  • danwill.theys - 2012-08-08 05:39

    So this decrease of fines could only be a result of corruption(where did you get your degree)could it not also be that the road users are not offending the stricken the law send them all to prison?

  • danwill.theys - 2012-08-08 05:40

    Blacks blame apartheid whites blame ANC no one wants to take responsility

  • danwill.theys - 2012-08-08 05:41


  • cecilhstephens - 2012-08-08 07:48

    Pay R100-00 to the corrupt bliksem at the side of the road or R700-00 to the other corrupt blisems through the system, what a choice

  • andrew.chapman.9822 - 2012-08-08 08:50

    I havnt paid any Aarto 003 fines from the JMPD for the past two years. I have just under R10 000 worth of fines due to the fact that all these fines were sent sent by standard mail. When i go through the roadblocks with those cameras that read the number plates they still dont pull me over as they cannot proove i have recieved the fines if they take me to court. The reason they dont send by registered mail is that it costs R17 per registered letter. They are trying to save money but it turns out it is actually costing them more cause people arnt paying their fines.

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-08 09:13

    Catch 22 situation for them now.

  • jawa.bunter - 2012-11-15 07:20

    All traffic fines should be paid directly into the RAF, providing an additional source of revenue for the fund and eliminating the self-serving greed of the municipal and provincial traffic organisations.

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