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City to send SMSes to recoup outstanding traffic fines
​Metro Police Officer Constable Sakhile Msomi writes a on the
spot fines for cars parked with expired parking tickets. The
City will be embarking on a new sms feature to recoup
outstanding traffic fines.
ETHEKWINI Municipality will soon be using a text messaging system to communicate with offenders who have outstanding traffic fines. Metro Police Acting Head Steve Middleton said this was a new feature the City would be embarking on, in a bid to collect unpaid fines. “The City is presently evaluating the database with regard to cellphone numbers and population of the database.

It is envisioned that the system will be up and running within the next two months,” he said.
Middleton said the total number of fines outstanding is 330 904 adding that the total value of these outstanding fines is R619 703 453. He said 76 077 warrants of arrest have been issued to recoup fines. The total value of warrants of arrests for outstanding fines is R80 491 680. “This is only for the period from November 2016 to April 2018,” he said.

Elaborating on some of the most common offences for fines issued he said this includes speeding, red robot violations, inconsistent driving, public transport violations and offences, driving on the shoulder of the highway, overtaking facing oncoming traffic, overtaking on a barrier  lines, talking on the cellphone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt among others.

Middleton said when a fine is not paid within the stipulated time a specific process is followed. Initially a letter is sent to offenders, he said. “Attempts are made to serve summons personally; roadblocks are also held where individuals with outstanding fines are identified and summons served. It must also be noted that for certain charges officers will issue summons immediately.”

He said once summons are served personally, matters are dealt with at court on the trial dates as prescribed in the summons. “The Magistrate will then resolve to issue warrants or not in the event that individuals fail to attend court on the predetermined dates. A letter is sent to all individuals in respective of whom warrants have been issued to advise them of the warrant issued. Individuals have 21 days to resolve the issue prior to the Magistrate authorising (signing off warrants).”
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