JMPD can't refuse to renew licences - JPSA

The JMPD threatened not renew the driver’s licences of those with outstanding fines.

The JMPD threatened not renew the driver’s licences of those with outstanding fines. Picture:Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) on Saturday disputed a report that said motorists who do not pay their overdue Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) fines will struggle to renew their licences.

According to a report by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), if fines are not paid within a certain period, a motorist's profile would be blocked on the electronic national administration traffic information system (eNaTiS).

But JPSA's Howard Dembovski said, in the absence of an enforcement order, licensing transactions may not be withheld.

"Enforcement orders are not being issued on the infringement notices that are being sent out by the JMPD by ordinary mail, purely and simply no date of order can be established therefore they cannot proceed to courtesy letters, nevermind enforcement orders.

The debate was sparked by a dispute over whether traffic fines sent in the post could be ignored.

The JPSA said the Minister of Transport already acknowledged in Parliament that the JMPD is acting unlawfully in terms of the AARTO Act.