Updated: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:37:23 GMT | By Sapa

Few Local Drivers Paying Fines

Only a fraction of South Africans pay their traffic fines, according to reports on Sunday.


N/A

Gallo

The annual report of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) revealed that motorists on the national contraventions register owe R1.6 billion in outstanding traffic fines issued in the Tshwane and Johannesburg metro municipalities, City Press reported.

According to the RTIA report, motorists in Tshwane and Johannesburg racked up fines of R980 million between April 2011 and March 2012, but have paid fines worth only R86 million (nine percent of the total value).

Tshwane and Johannesburg were the only metro municipalities which participated in the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) pilot phase.

Aarto makes provision for a contravention register that captures outstanding traffic fines countrywide. Aarto will also prevent drivers with outstanding traffic fines from renewing their vehicle and driver's licences.

Transport Minister Ben Martins was expected to announce the introduction of the Aarto Act early next year. RTIA was set up to implement the act.

Of the 1.8 million fines issued in the Johannesburg and Tshwane metros in the past financial year, only 251,125 (14 percent ) were paid.

top news

  • Mac Maharaj  Gallo Images

    The Presidency said on Friday that President Jacob Zuma has told National Prosecuting Head (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana that he was considering suspending him.

  • Giraffe on N1  Twitter\RT_com

    A giraffe died on the N1 in Centurion on Thursday after it hit its head while being transported on a truck.

  • President Jacob Zuma  Gallo Images

    President Jacob Zuma's lawyers have argued that he wishes to keep any communications he had with the NPA in the so-called spy tapes confidential because the DA may be able to use the information in them against him.

news features

  • Hepatitis B  Wikimedia Commons\Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    On World Hepatitis Day, 25 organisations and individuals from around the world have called on the DOH and dti to address the public health threat of hepatitis, by implementing hepatitis B immunisation at birth, and reforming national patent laws to promote access to more affordable hepatitis therapies.

  • Ebola virus  Wikimedia Commons\Cynthia Goldsmith Content Providers

    An American doctor in West Africa who has been infected with the Ebola virus has received intensive treatment and was stable, according to Sapa and the Associated Press.

  • CAR crisis  ASSOCIATED PRESS

    A retrospective mortality study conducted by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) among Central African refugees in Sido, Chad, reveals extreme levels of death during a violent crackdown against the Central African Republic’s (CAR) Muslim minority.

  • Dystopian fantasy distracts from our dystopian reality

    Two millennia ago the Roman commentator Juvenal wrote of “panem et circensis,” bread and circuses, to demonstrate how the masses had abandoned political responsibility in exchange for full bellies and extreme entertainment. In Juvenal’s times entertainment was of the gladiatorial variety.

  • Van Zijl at it again – for charity and Madiba

    Serial record breaker Andre van Zijl, who has broken 43 different world records of the less common variety, is at it again as he seeks to cycle 6,700km on a spinning bike while sitting in a car.

Download Skype
Visit Now.co.za for more news on Now!