Mbombela offers 50% discount on traffic fines to encourage payment

2015-06-17 19:24
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Mbombela - Motorists in Mpumalanga's capital Mbombela have until the end of July to take advantage of the city's 50% discount offer on traffic fines.

Mbombela municipal spokesperson Joseph Ngala said the municipality hopes the "50-50 Traffic Fines Amnesty" project will encourage payment of outstanding fines, and in so doing reward good payers.

"Such incentive schemes, if introduced, will be reflected in annual budgets as additional expenditure," he said.

Ngala said the municipal council approved the project in March as part of its efforts to collect outstanding traffic fines and also bring relief to the citizens of Mbombela.

He said the municipality was currently owed millions in outstanding traffic fines.

'The municipality cares'

"It is also a gesture by the Mbombela local municipality of showing that the municipality cares and considers the financial strain that residents experience due to difficult economic times," said Ngala.

Mbombela motorist, Nozipho Msibi, said the discount was a relief.

"This is really huge for people like me because you don't always have the money to pay the fine, and as a result you will end up running away from the traffic officers," said Msibi.

However, provincial department of community safety, security and liaison spokesperson Joseph Mabuza warned motorists against abusing the project.

"Discount or not, the department will not allow any violations on our roads. Safety must come first,” said Mabuza.

Meanwhile, the municipality is also giving 1% back to those who pay their municipal service bills, including water, electricity, sewerage, refuse removal and property taxes, during the month of July.

Ngala said only those whose accounts are not in arrears would qualify for this incentive.

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