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High Court scraps millions of traffic fines | Jhb and Pta

Got a fine in the last nine years? You might be off the hook if you haven’t paid it yet.

According to The Citizen, residents of Johannesburg and Pretoria can breath a huge sigh of relief after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled that millions of traffic fines issued under the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act since 2008 must be scrapped where authorities did not comply with the act’s conditions.

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The ruling comes after the high court on Friday confirmed traffic authorities have to abide by the letter of the Aarto Act, and ordered that the fines before the court must be canceled.

The same failures would apply to millions of traffic fines issued in Johannesburg and Pretoria since 2008.

Some have been paid by vehicle owners to avoid a block on their vehicle and driver’s license renewals, while others are still pending and recorded against the alleged transgressor on the National Contravention Register (NCR), says Fines4U owner Cornelia van Niekerk.

In 2015/16 the Joburg metro police issued 5.3 million Aarto Infringement Notices and the Tshwane metro police 1.1 million.

You can read the full article here.

702 interviewed Justice Project chairman, Howard Dembovsky (listen to the interview below), who explains that the Aarto Act says infringement notices and other documents issued under the Act must be served via registered mail.

Listen to 702 interview here.

 

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Sources: The Citizen | 702

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