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Minibus Taxi Cape Town / Image via Wikimedia Commons

Cape Town clamp down on unpaid traffic fines paying dividends

The city’s Safety and Security Directorate placed extra emphasis on traffic fine collection and bringing minibus taxis back into line.

Taxi fares

Minibus Taxi Cape Town / Image via Wikimedia Commons

The City of Cape Town’s push for safer roads and actually punishing people who break the law has seen an additional R324 million raised for the fiscus through traffic fines by the end of April.

Traffic fine collection

A report on IOL claimed the City’s Safety and Security Directorate reported that over 132 000 fines have been issued per month, on average, in 2019.

Which is all well and good, but it doesn’t make a jot of difference unless there are stringent collection methods in place to ensure transgressors actually pay their fines.

“If you’ll recall, the City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate has instituted a number of measures in recent years to try to address the non-payment of fines,” said mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith.

“For example, we have announced an increase in resources to launch the sustainable warrant operation, which has seen more warrants executed and the income derived from that process.”

Focus on minibus taxis

Smith admitted to Kieno Kammies on Cape Talk that there was a special focus on collecting traffic fines issued to minibus taxis that break the law.

“We are concentrating a lot of resources on taxis,” he said.

“Now there is a twice-weekly blitz where traffic enforcement and metro police pull together to ensure that we tackle the taxi behaviour.”

“The goal here is to make sure that we bring their behaviour in line.”

Operation Restore

In addition to their behaviour on the roads, the city has made a determined push to get unlicenced taxis, or taxis operating in contravention of their licence, removed from the road – known as Operation Restore.

“We have also increased our focus on Operation Restore, which has resulted in an increase in the number of taxis impounded for operating without valid operating licences or operating in contravention of their operating licences.

“What this means is an increase in revenue around impoundments fees, as taxis are reclaimed within 24 to 48 hours of being impounded.

“It is also likely that more people are paying their traffic fines in light of the step up in warrant executions. That said, the revenue derived by safety and security doesn’t rest on traffic fines alone.”