Taxi boss owes R1.6m in fines

2012-12-02 19:05

Johannesburg - A taxi owner in Durban has accumulated over 4 000 traffic fines totalling R1.6m in two years, it was reported on Sunday.

Kenneth Melvin Oliver, 48, would be held responsible for fines racked up by the drivers of his fleet of 10 taxis, The Sunday Times reported.

Oliver also reportedly owed R40 000 in fines imposed for violations involving his private cars, one of which was a Jaguar.

According to the newspaper, the eThekwini metro police had named him as one of its 20 worst offenders.

Oliver had claimed his drivers should be held liable.

"People must understand that drivers come and go.

"A driver will work for a few days or weeks and then they're gone," he told the newspaper.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-12-02 19:39

    Ok, and what about all the Metro Cops who also own taxis - or are they being sheltered?

  • Tuyez - 2012-12-02 19:41

    Yoyo so much.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-12-02 19:44

    In perspective it means each one of his 10 taxis got a R220 fine EVERY day for 730 days straight. Did he put his head in the sand and pretend it's not happening?

  • fourhundredkg.bobbejaan - 2012-12-02 19:48

    Why should the owner be held criminally liable for the illegal actions of the numnuts who work for him? This stupid system is only in place because the police and NPA can't catch the criminals themselves, so they pin it on the poor guy who is trying to run a business and provide employment.

      michael.kleber.376 - 2012-12-02 20:04

      Surely if a driver leaves your employ you check for outstanding fines before you pay him his last salary , its a cop out to say its the drivers responsibility , when caught on camera the only info you have is the number plate so the owner must know who was driving when

      buti.lembe - 2012-12-02 20:25

      All the taxis are under his name. The eThekwini metro police doesn't know who was driving at the time.

      christi.roestorff - 2012-12-02 20:30

      @bobbejaan, an employer is vicariously liable for the actions of its employees in the course and scope of their employment! In short don't hire idiots and watch them!

      carryn.whittaker - 2012-12-02 21:13

      As he has (hopefully) registered the vehicles in his own name he should have been receiving the tickets. If the driver transgresses he should be made to sign an acknowledgement of debt, the taxi owner can then pay and have the cost of the fine deducted from his drivers salary. If it is the condition of the vehicle that attracted the fine then the business owner should pay. I don't see any poor hard working guy in this story. I see a guy who received 4000 tickets through his door and ignored all of them letting his drivers do as they liked to get him profit. They should nail him to the wall. The 'numnuts' defense offered above is irresponsible it suggests that lawless bozos can commit all kind of crimes in vehicles and I should pickup the tax bill as the police try to determine who dunnit.

      philip.gray.10048 - 2012-12-02 22:12

      Ask CEO he is ultimately responsible for the actions of the people he has employed.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-12-03 07:26

      If you own a vechile you are ultimately responsible for the licencing and fines. If your 18 year old son gets a fine in your car, your are liable for the fine. That is the law.

      annie.botha.50 - 2012-12-03 09:08

      The owner should be held accountable if the taxi is not roadworthy. The other fines just need to be sent back with the drivers details on who was driving the vehicle and fine will be taken out of his name and put into the drivers name. I want to know why he has not been arrested as there should be a warrant out for him, as if we miss one fine/court appearance we have a warrant issued against us and we get arrested, so why not him

      deon.louwrens - 2012-12-03 09:16

      Like you name implies - bobbejaan! Sorry for you, but your version of the world is wrong. Read the law! As owner of ANYTHING (land, development, houses, vehicles, businesses etc...) you are liable. It is your durty to make sure that you employ, hire, contract etc. the correct people. If not - you pay! It is your problem how you get the moneys back from tennants, empleyees, drivers.....

  • Chris - 2012-12-02 20:36


  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-12-02 20:50

    So arrogant always above the law!!! The owner is liable if the drivers are gone its his responsibility why didn't he check!!! How was he even able to renew vehicle licences with all these outstanding fines??!!!

      marc.klynhans - 2012-12-03 08:39

      They're probably not licensed. The license papers are probably printed on a cheap home printer and the cops believe it.

  • - 2012-12-02 20:56

    If I had an outstanding fine of R100 they would hunt me down - how the HELL do these g*#damn taxi drivers get to accumulate R1.6m worth of fines before someone starts do something?

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-12-02 21:05

      My sentiments exactly!!!

  • daniel.oosthuizen.96 - 2012-12-02 20:59

    I thought KZN is so strick on traffic offenders

      fussed.anderson - 2012-12-03 08:25

      bee in this one boet

  • ferreira.charmaine - 2012-12-02 21:26

    He must be held accountable! Lock up his sorry ASS!

  • liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-12-02 22:00

    if he doesn't pay up......i don't pay.

  • - 2012-12-03 07:55

    Why has no attempt made to collect the fine and/or arrest the taxi driver/owner.

  • ivan.vandermerwe.10 - 2012-12-03 08:22

    So why has he not been arrested and his vehicles impounded? He probably is a Metro Cop. KZN is a haven for criminals.

  • Muzi - 2013-06-14 10:40

    He must held responsible for this fines, as the boss he should know better by monitoring the traffic fines on monthly basis in requesting a print out from the traffic office.

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