According to reports, more than 400 fines dating back to 2008 may be scrapped where authorities did not comply with the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto) conditions.
Judge Bill Prinsloo found that the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) failed to dispatch traffic fines according to the regulations of the Aarto Act.
This includes a requirement that registered mail be used for final infringement notices and the timelines for the serving of the notices to be 30 days after the offence.
Dr Lawrence Barrit, 'Stay Alert Stay Alive' coordinator and Traffic criminologist says the courts only ruled with respect to the two applicants that were before the courts at the time which were represented by Fines 4 U and Audi Centre Johannesburg.
He says this is not a general application but it could be a precedent that is followed.
It could be followed in the jurisdiction of the courts, meaning Gauteng and Pretoria area.— Dr Lawrence Barrit, 'Stay Alert Stay Alive' coordinator and Traffic criminologist
One thing that comes out clearly from this is that an abuse of power by RTIA is not allowed.— Dr Lawrence Barrit, 'Stay Alert Stay Alive' coordinator and Traffic criminologist
Cornelia van Niekerk, Founder of Fines4u Traffic Offence Assistance, says members of the public can make a representation to RTIA to have their fines withdrawn.
For now I would really urge everybody to please stop paying these Aarto fines because they were not done the right way and they will do the right thing.— Cornelia van Niekerk, Founder of Fines4u
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