It seems too many to be true but Knysna’s Traffic & Law Enforcement department issued 14 889 speeding fines in July this year. The total revenue collected from speedsters was almost R1.2million which means the annual gain would be in the region of R20million.
As large as this amount is, the majority of monies are not being collected. Although fines can take up to 2 years to be collected, there would be continuous month revenue i.e. it doesn’t matter from when it originated for us to work out an average of what is coming in. Dividing the tickets by revenue results in only R79. With fines being far higher than that, it means that the majority of fines are not being paid e.g. if the majority of fines were R400 that’d mean that only 20% of revenue is being collected.
The radical difference between fines and revenue has made the Auditor General insist that future reports reflect exactly what should be received versus what is being gained.
It is obvious that income is being mostly derived from unmanned speed cameras as revenue generated from other traffic violations was a mere 12% of that amount. Oddly (or deliberately) these other offences are not listed by the number of violations or a description of the violations themselves.
After 25 days, Richard Meyer, the Manger for Traffic, has failed to acknowledge the 25 questions from readers that were sent to him. The arrogance of the Knysna Municiplaity seems to extend to every department.
There is also a strong rumour that the Knysna SAPS are about to dump hundreds of drunken driving charges as they are now years behind on blood work and have no hope of catching up.
For drivers, there is some relief as Deputy Mayor Esme Edge stated in a Community Services meeting on September 9 that only 5-8% of drivers realise that they can reduce a fine by 50% if they contact the prosecutor within 30 days.
To understanding what is legal and illegal regarding speeding cameras, visit ‘Speeding Fine Rules South Africa’.