These are the Knysna Traffic & Local Law Enforcement reports for January and February 2017: JANUARY R1,777,766 Speeding Fines paid R261,071 Vehicle Licensing R244,914 Other Section Revenue (fines?) 129 Road Accidents Logged 23,892 Number of Speeding Tickets Issued 2 Complaints Baboons/Monkeys 16 Other animal complaints e.g. pigs 3 Homeless People Complaints FEBRUARY R1,809,825 Speeding Fines paid R248,734 Vehicle Licensing R238,293 Other Section Revenue (fines?) 116 Road Accidents Logged 14,938 Number of Speeding Tickets Issued 4 Complaints Baboons/Monkeys 17 Other animal complaints e.g. pigs 2 Homeless People Complaints'Click here to read full article...'
There are an estimated 8200 informal houses in Knysna! This was mentioned in a Section 80 meeting addressing the concerns over fires in backyard dwellings. These structures often take power through extensions from the main building, creating the possibility of overload leading to fire. The Community Services Committee has recommended that Brackenhill’s community (population 389 adults and 116 school-going children) apply for affiliation to the Provincial Library Services so that they can gain a wheelie wagon library. The Knysna Municipality will carry the running costs of the facility but province will pay for the staff post through a grant. Permission … ‘Click here to read full article…’
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 … ‘Click here to read full article…’
After i posted my open letter with many queries to the traffic department regarding the reason for fines and their breakdown, i was emailed many queries regards the laws themselves, especially speed cameras. Many rules govern the legality of speeding fines so there’s a strong likelihood that traffic officers are not obeying them. Know the rules. This is not so that you can disobey them (speed kills) but so that you can defend yourself when you are in the right and the traffic cops are in the wrong. These are extracts from the Prosecuting Guidelines for Speed Measuring Equipment and … ‘Click here to read full article…’
These are questions to the Knysna Traffic and Law Enforcement department as headed by Richard Meyer who is the Manager for Disaster Management, Social Services & Traffic (he can be reached on 044 302 6426): What is being done so as to educate Knysna drivers as to the new fines? Will tripling fines proportionately reduce road deaths by 300%? What is the breakdown of traffic offences? Are most for speeding? Is stopping speeding about prevention or punishment i.e. have local traffic officers ordered to be as visible as possible? If there’s an increase in the monies raised through fines, … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Your vehicle may travel by road but your fines are set to fly. This is particularly relevant to Knysna which has been named as one of nine traffic contravention hotspots in the Western Cape. Donald Grant, the Minister of Transport, and Kenny Africa, Provincial Traffic Chief, have introduced a new fine system that is bound to have irresponsible drivers crashing their cars into ATMs. A – Serious offences ranging from R1 500 to R5 000 B – Driving offences ranging from R1 500 to R 3 000 C – Not so serious offences ranging from R500 to R1 500 … ‘Click here to read full article…’