Traffic fines incurred with regard to official vehicles and the amount in fines incurred in respect of each specified vehicle

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO:       1599   (NW1928E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 17-2012 OF 8 JUNE 2012

MR SAYEDALI SHAH (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

Whether any traffic fines were incurred with regard to any of her official vehicles in the (a) 2009/10, (b) 2010/11 and (c) 2011/12 financial years; if so, what (i) amount in fines was incurred in respect of each specified vehicle in each specified financial year and (ii) are the further relevant details in each case?

REPLY:

The National Road Traffic Act, no 93 of 1996 is clear regarding the transgression of traffic laws.  In terms of the Act, the person in whose name the vehicle is registered is liable for any and/or all traffic fines issued in respect of such a vehicle.  The fines shall be for the account of the owner.  There is no special dispensation afforded to Ministers.

  1. During the financial year 2009/10 no traffic fines were incurred with regard to Minister’s official vehicle
  2. During the financial year 2010/11 three traffic fines were incurred with Minister’s official vehicle; April 2010 a speeding fine of R750; May 2010 a speeding fine of R400 and July 2010 a speeding fine of R125
  3. During the financial year 2011/12 no traffic fines were incurred with regard to Minister’s official vehicle.

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