The recent launch of a new tariff management system by the Mangaung Metro’s traffic division will see an increase in the number of roadblocks across Mangaung, ensuring law enforcement visibility.
The launch, which took place in Zastron Street in Bloemfontein, was led by Acting Executive Mayor, Cllr Molefi Morake, accompanied by Cllr Patrick Monyakoana, Member of the Mayoral Committee (MCC) for Transport and Public Safety.
Monyakoana said the city has been without a traffic management system for the past two years. He pointed out that many road users of the city have not been adhering to road rules and have a culture of non-payment. “We need to change that and issue those motorists who have outstanding fines with warrants of arrest. We would like to urge motorists who have outstanding fines to come forward and pay their tickets and not to be caught at the roadblocks that will be set up across the city.”
According to him, the city will also soon be launching its metro police. Morake, said the launch of the new tariff management system forms part of the city’s revenue collection strategy, which will go a long way in ensuring that the city is in a better position to provide quality service.
As part of the launch, a roadblock was set up during peak hour. A total number of 1970 warrants of arrest were issued to motorists in the city. This is according to acting general manager for public safety, Motlatsi Koekoe, who said the warrants were for drivers in the city who had been fined but who failed to appear in court. He added that they have observed that citizens are not paying fines. “This new traffic management system will allow us to bring to book those who have outstanding fines and warrants.”
According to him, the system is able to determine whether a motorist has a warrant of arrest, which they are able to print out immediately. The driver is then given the option to either pay at the roadblock or be arrested. The system also includes a number plate recognition feature which is pre-loaded with all fines and warrants.
Pierce van Heerden