More than 4 000 motorists took the opportunity to clear their fines and warrants ahead of the festive season enabling them to start their holiday travels and the New Year on a clean slate. All indications are that the traffic fine roadshow held in the Cape Town Civic Centre from 10 – 13 December 2018 was once again a resounding success. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town’s Legal Services Department and its partners, Traffic Services and the Revenue Department, worked together to bring City services closer to motorists this week.
The four-day traffic fines roadshow saw fines to the value of over R1,3 million being paid. Motorists had the opportunity to plead for leniency by making representations to the prosecutors for a reduced fine, making general enquiries about traffic fines and warrants, and making payment – all in one venue.
‘The City has committed to taking services to the residents and we need to walk the talk with such initiatives. The roadshow is a one-stop shop where motorists can request for a reduction in the amount to be paid for outstanding fines, query their warrants and make payment. At this time of the year especially, life gets quite hectic for us all and the convenience of having a basket of services under one roof is a good incentive to get motorists to do the right thing. I am pleased that motorists took time out to make their way to the Civic Centre and waited patiently to be served,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Sharon Cottle.
The unprecedented response to this initiative indicates that there is a need for more such roadshows in the future. The City is looking into similar projects subject to discussions with all relevant role-players, including the Department of Justice and the National Prosecuting Authority, to build on this initiative.
Councillor Cottle used the opportunity to engage with members of the public who were waiting patiently to be served and wished them well for the festive season and a safe journey should they be travelling. The residents were thankful for the opportunity.
‘Having all these services in one place is great! I have a warrant of arrest and, being at home this holiday, the family will want to go out. However, the warrant is at the back of my mind. What if I get pulled over on the roads with my family sitting in the car with me? So I decided to just get it over with,’ said client Omar Cassim.
‘My colleague had a lot of fines and has been to the Civic Centre already to sort them out. He told me about the service and, although I only received a fine on Monday, I decided to sort it out,’ said motorist George Barberton.
Francisco Ferreira handles bulk paying of fines for friends and family.
The City’s Access to Information Department was also a key partner at this roadshow. The team took the opportunity to engage with members of the public and share information on the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA). Information brochures and pamphlets were distributed to share more details about PAIA and the services they offer. The presence of representatives from the City’s Municipal Courts also provided a good opportunity to Promote PAIA. While motorists waited in the queues to pay their traffic fines, they were able to read about PAIA in the pamphlets provided. In addition, the PAIA team ran a word search competition based on the pamphlets. On offer in the competition were three goody bags containing City of Cape Town promotional items such as caps, power banks and flash drives. Three lucky names were successfully drawn in the competition.
‘The City would like to thank motorists who took the opportunity to act responsibly and pay their outstanding fines. If the long queues were anything to go by, then this roadshow was a clear indication that we need more such activations in the future,’ added Councillor Cottle.