Last chance to find your confiscated vehicle

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Refilwe Mekoa

If you’re one of those people whose car was confiscated by the traffic police and you haven’t claimed it, then maybe you should go to your nearest Free State testing station before it gets demolished or sold on auction. The department of police, roads and transport will auction all impounded cars in the Free State on 28 May. Some of the 2000 vehicles that were seized from the year 2000 will also be demolished. Director of the department, Mangaliso Xaba, says the cars that will be crushed are those that no longer have value. It costs the department R300 000 for the storage. He says they wrote letters to the owners and no one has come forward. Most of the seized cars are based in Qwaqwa, Welkom and Lengau testing station in Bloemfontein.

“We appeal to Free State drivers to come and fetch their vehicles after they have paid and settled the amount they owe the department. There’s a R40 per day fee that is calculated from the day the car was confiscated till its release date,” he said. He urged those that had traffic fines to pay at their nearby magistrate’s court. The impoundment fee should be paid at the testing stations.
Those who fail to pay will lose their cars. Xaba told Courant they went to the legislature for legal assistance and received a go ahead to sell the cars if people don’t collect them, in order to recoup the money. “We have also written letters to the car owners. The problem is, some of the vehicles have been sold and those sellers didn’t change the car ownership. We don’t write to the person we confiscated the car from, but to those whose names appear on our system,” he added.

All 2000 seized cars were those of drunken drivers, cars with no valid permits, unroadworthy cars, or cars from owners who drove recklessly. Xaba said they charge drivers who don’t obey the law with a fine of R1500 or R2000, as well as R1000 or R2000 for the confiscation process, in addition to the daily impoundment fee of R40. “Those people can come and make arrangements. We have to pay security out of our own pockets to watch these cars. If these drivers haven’t paid their fines or made an arrangement before 28 May, a warrant of arrest will be issued, and they will be traced,” Xaba told Courant.