JMPD to withdraw some traffic fines

Fines issued between August 2010 and 21 December 2012 will be withdrawn.

FILE: The JMPD is expected to release a series of apologies to Johannesburg motorists. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has announced that traffic fines issued between August 2010 and 21 December 2012 will be withdrawn through official application to the department.

According to a 2014 report by Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, the department failed to follow the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) regulation swhen it issued infringement notices to motorists via ordinary mail as opposed to registered mail.

The department has now been ordered to apologise to motorists and rectify the situation.

The JMPD is expected to release a series of apologies to Johannesburg motorists tomorrow for its reported misconduct in issuing infringement notices.

The department says it simply did not have the financial capacity at the time to spend a monthly amount of R10 million to issue the notices through registered mail.

However, JMPD director Gerrie Gerneke says those who have already paid these fines will not qualify for a refund.

"When you pay a fine, you have pleaded guilty to that fine. And you cannot change your plea of guilty to not guilty."

Motorists who have not paid the fines are advised to fill out representation notices with the department that will qualify them for a withdrawal.