Mo­torists owe mil­lions in fines

Uphill bat­tle to tame er­rant driv­ers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SOYISO MALITI

CAPE Town mo­torists ran up fines to­talling R176 mil­lion in the first six months of the fi­nan­cial year to the end of Au­gust.

Richard Bos­man, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Safety and Se­cu­rity, said that while law en­force­ment units were try­ing to tame law­less­ness on the roads, there was an out­stand­ing bill of R771m racked up from the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year.

Their ef­forts in­cluded op­er­a­tions through­out the city on an ad hoc ba­sis and planned road­blocks.

The City is seek­ing four of the five mo­torists with the high­est num­ber of out­stand­ing war­rants.

The fifth, a man from Elsies River, is out on bail af­ter he was tracked down last week. The other four faced:

52 war­rants val­ued at R64 400.

51 war­rants val­ued at R54 450.

47 war­rants val­ued at R62 020.

47 war­rants val­ued at R48 900.

In the first fort­night of this month, 153 driv­ers were ar­rested for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and one was also nabbed for speed­ing, Bos­man said. The fines would be an­nounced at the end of this month. Between Septem­ber 1 and 12, a to­tal of 100 ve­hi­cles were im­pounded.

Mean­while, the City has raised var­i­ous con­cerns about the ap­pli­ca­tion of the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ad­ju­di­ca­tion of Road Traf­fic Of­fences (Aarto) sys­tem, which has come un­der the spot­light again af­ter be­ing passed in Par­lia­ment last week. It had been tabled by the na­tional De­part­ment of Trans­port in 2015.

Bos­man ques­tioned the sys- tem’s ef­fec­tive­ness and func­tional vi­a­bil­ity.

“Aarto’s stated aim is to re­duce fa­tal­i­ties and ac­ci­dents on our roads.

“No one can ar­gue with that, but in or­der to do that the sys­tem must be able to be ap­plied in its en­tirety. This is not the case at the mo­ment and it could lead to an even lower level of ac­count­abil­ity for er­rant mo­torists.”

War­wick Scott-Rodger, ex­ec­u­tive head of Dialdirect In­sur­ance, ex­plained the de­merit sys­tem. Each driver started with zero points, and each vi­o­la­tion of traf­fic law came with a spe­cific num­ber of points. “Reach 12 points and your li­cence could be sus­pended. Get three sus­pen­sions and your li­cence will be can­celled.”

Scott-Rodger said that with the cre­ation of a na­tional road traf­fic of­fences reg­is­ter, ev­ery driver’s in­fringe­ments would be recorded.

There would be a spe­cial ap­peals tri­bunal for mo­torists with griev­ances.

The tri­bunal’s de­ci­sions could be ap­pealed in the High Court.

PIC­TURE: BHEKI RADEBE

Traf­fic clogs a city high­way.

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