Metro collects R9m in traffic fines

Nelson Mandela Bay’s traffic department has collected more than R9-million in traffic fines in a period of three months, according to chief financial officer Trevor Harper.

At the budget and treasury committee meeting on Friday, Harper said although there had been an improvement, more revenue could still be collected from fines by the traffic department.

“Fines collected were R9.9-million in the first quarter. In theory, we should be collecting R300-million a year. The city of Cape Town collected R1-billion in fines for a year, which means we can do more [than R9.9-million],” he said.

Acting city manager Johann Mettler said the situation would improve with the appointment of metro police chief Yolande Faro, as she would shake up the traffic department.

Committee chairman Retief Odendaal said: “Collection of fines remains a problem. I see there is an improvement, but unfortunately the safety and security [directorate] can still do a lot more.”

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