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Thu Jun 30 17:48:55 CAT 2016

Pay your traffic fines or have trouble renewing your licence: report

Sapa | 11 August, 2012 11:19
JMPD vehicle. File photo
Image by: Reuben Goldberg

If motorists do not pay their overdue Aarto traffic fines they could struggle to renew their licences, it was reported on Saturday.

Gerrie Gerneke, director at Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD), warned that if fines were not paid in a certain time a motorist's profile would be blocked on the eNATIS system, Beeld reported.

This was after remarks that traffic fines sent in the post could be ignored because it contradicted the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act.

"You will not be able to renew your car registration, no new vehicles can be registered, you will not be able to renew your licence or apply for a licence in a different class," he was quoted as saying.

According to the report the JMPD were sending traffic violation notices by registered post.

"Less serious offences with fines of R250, R500 and R750 are still sent by normal mail in Johannesburg," Gerneke told the newspaper.

This was because the JMPD did not have enough money to send each fine by registered post.

"There is still a dispute before the Johannesburg mayoral committee over who must pay the costs of sending fines by registered mail."

In terms of Aarto the Road Traffic Management Corporation were responsible but there had been a dispute over this for years.

Gerneke said motorists who had not received their fines in time by post could get an Aarto eight form where they could state the reason why the fine was not paid. An example of this was that it arrived late in the post.

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