FURTHER to my recent letter, which provoked a lot of reactions by motorists, who had received speeding fines, knowing they were not exceeding 80km/h because we all know about the little grey camera opposite Bucks farm stall, I had an interesting discussion with a driver who had a tracking device installed.
This driver, who recently also received a speeding fine of 97km/h, which incidentally seems to be the standard speed most of us are accused of, was checking their tracking device records and it came to light that the actual speed was 82km/h and not 97km/h.
One can almost come to the conclusion that the faulty reading by that speed control camera is around 15km/h, thus adding 15km/h by default to the actual speed driven by a motorist.
From many discussions with local drivers it can be said that so far I could not find a single person, who had not received a speeding ticket recorded by that specific camera, yet we all know about that camera and drive past there at reduced speed prompting “foreign” motorists to overtake at the worst possible place.
Discussions with a tourist gave the same impression, with the only difference being they were fined R300, while us locals are getting fines of R150.
Fortunately, the driver with the tracking device will not accept it, but will challenge the speeding fine. Hopefully those who have a tracking or similar device installed will also take it up with the authorities so that the milking of the motorist by that faulty speed control device can be stopped.
It seems to be almost impossible for a normal motorist to challenge those faulty speeding tickets, yet something has to happen, because it should not be allowed to continue.