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Traffic boss gets huge increase

…as Aarto stumbles.

The registrar of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) got a 93% salary increase as his earnings of R1.8 million grew to R3.49 million in 2016/17, the agency’s annual report shows.

The RTIA is an agency of the Department of Transport, mandated to administer the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, which has been partially implemented in Johannesburg and Tshwane only. Following a recent amendment to the Act government hopes to implement Aarto countrywide in the foreseeable future, including the points demerit system.

The registrar’s bonus “shrunk” from R1.57 million to R524 329, which left him with a total income in the reporting year of just over R4 million. This meant he received R640 131 more in 2016/17 than in the previous year, a net increase of almost 19%.

Over the same period the board and board committees members’ total remuneration grew from R1.66 million to R3 million.

This comes as the agency’s revenue shrunk by almost 42% or R100 million and the minister approved the removal of four crucial performance targets.

Registrar Japh Chuwe in his overview ascribes the drop in revenue to the fact that issuing authorities have issued 63.44% fewer traffic fines. The actual number of Aarto notices (fines) issued dropped from 5.5 million to 2 million.

The RTIA only plays a subsequent role in the Aarto process that has to be initiated by the issuing authorities, Chuwe explains. The agency has no control over the number of fines issued by issuing authorities.

Chuwe further states that court challenges the agency was embroiled in resulted in reduced levels of public compliance and a dispute with the South African Post Office about the payment of postage impacted revenue.

He points out that the agency nevertheless showed a surplus at the end of the period and obtained a clean audit report.

The Minister of Transport approved the removal of performance targets that required the RTIA to serve 1.3 million courtesy letters within 40 days and 1.2 million enforcement orders, also within 40 days.

It was also relieved of the duty of training 1 200 officers with regard to Aarto and 6 000 back office staff with regard to the National Contravention Register (the points demerit system). The target to assess and ensure the readiness of 90% of National Contravention Register transactions for countrywide Aarto implementation was also removed.

The RTIA reports that it verified 382 issuing authorities (mostly municipalities) for Aarto readiness and got a 100% score for the strategic target: “Coordinate and facilitate readiness for national implementation of Aarto”.

Where Aarto was in force in Johannesburg and Tshwane its operation was however far from perfect in the reporting period.

The Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) reduced its camera speed enforcement drastically from June last year, as Moneyweb earlier reported. This has a huge impact on the total number of fines issued.

Source: Road Traffic Infringement Agency Annual Report 2016/17

JMPD – Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department, TMPD – Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department, GdoCS – Gauteng Department of community Safety, RTMC – Road Traffic Management Corporation. 

Even before these problems reared their head, the RTIA’s dispute with the Post Office caused a standstill in the issuing of courtesy letters to alleged transgressors who failed to pay or respond otherwise to fines issued by the issuing authorities.

From April to September last year the RTIA issued a mere 21 courtesy letters to the Post Office for service on motorists. Over the full period the number of courtesy letters issued reduced by more than 80%.

The legislated Aarto enforcement process cannot progress to full enforcement unless every step is followed, starting with the issuing of the infringement notice, followed by a courtesy letter and then an enforcement order. Motorists have different options available to them along the way, including making representations or electing to go to court.

The RTIA issued no enforcement orders from January to December last year and only resumed with it in January. The total number issued in the reporting period dropped by 55%. Those issued with regard to JMPD fines reduced from 533 788 in the previous year to 137 505 in the reporting period.

The agency states that the dispute with the Post Office was resolved shortly before the year-end and the serving of notices is back to normal.

The agency reports that 79 122 Aarto cases were heard in court during 2016/17. This resulted in only 314 guilty verdicts. 122 warrants of arrest were issued. More than 7 000 cases were removed from the court role and almost 64 000 cases were still pending at year-end.

The legislative changes provide for a tribunal that would replace court hearings in an effort to unclog the system. Commentators have however criticised it as being unconstitutional and a court challenge on this basis might follow before Aarto is being implemented countrywide.

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so what I see is much better driving by our motorists, less fines being given and therefore no super traffic cop needed.

Or are the infringements being settled on the spot………makes you think doesn’t it.

I recently travelled from the Cape to Jnb to Durban and back to the Cape again – by road.
Never before have I seen such poor driving and a total disdain for traffic safety and the law.
Every time I go on a trip it is worse.
Traffic officers are nowhere to be seen, and drivers behave like absolute idiots.

Shocking !!! Whether it’s cancelled road fines, a failing SANRAL system, arrive alive failures, there is no good reason he should even get a raise !!!! I hear a flushing sound!!!

I hear the joyful “oink oink” of bacon at the trough.

The issuing of fines is meant to be a function of good policing and not seen as a revenue generator. As for Aarto being implemented countrywide – joke. This will never transpire. e-Natis cost the taxpayer R300m ten years ago for a botched implementation. This was recovered by slapping a R30 transaction fee on some 10 million license renewals. Since then, not satisfied with getting the taxpayer to foot the bill for the initial e-Natis balls up, this same transaction fee has appeared on license renewals every year, increasing to R36 and now R42. How exactly has this mere R3,5bn been appropriated over the past 10-odd years? Oh, and the actual license fee has trippled over the same period. The creation of another proud legacy.

Added to which was the money-making racket of Metro cops ticketing owners whose licenses had expired and for which no renewal notices had been issued. Even if one tried to renew the license at a Post Office, the printers were broken, they had no forms/paper, were off-line or refused to issue the renewal because of outstanding penalties about which the owner knew nothing because he/she had not received any notification due to the fact that three sets of public officials didn’t know their backsides from their elbows.
And this baba gets a raise and a bonus?

Nor just ANY raise; a FAT one at that! Check the figures!

What a disgrace, and just another example of the turmoil all over. Btw, I recently received a couple of infringement notices for an unknown car driving around with my personalised number plate. Thought that last year’s attempt to “FICA” licences (ID, proof of residence, old disk, registration paperwork), should have stopped fake or duplicated number plates?

What did he do to get an increase?

Do not worry, the TAX payer will pay. The Tax payer is perceived to be very Rich!

… soon to be extinct species …

somebody has to do something drastically…..the country is on a civil war collision path and the time bomb is ticking. The poor is just getting poorer and frustrated while the elite enrich them self at the cost of the country. As it stands I don’t think the SAPS or SANDF will be able to protect the people of the land from each other.

what I’m trying to say, state capture,fraud,nepotism etc. is starting to have a devastating effect on the country not only economically wise.

Money for nothing and your chicks for free when you play guitar on the MTV sang Dire Straits. I think this job might be a better deal
than that!

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