Known for their defiance against the e-toll system, the Organisation Against Tax Abuse (OUTA), have recently taken on the traffic infringement authorities. This, as a result of them refusing to renew vehicle and drivers licences for those with outstanding e-toll traffic fines.
“It is clear to OUTA that the traffic infringement authorities have not applied themselves in accordance with the legal processes and regulations under the AARTO Act, as required by law, from as far back as 2008. As per the judgement issued by Judge Prinsloo on 5 May 2017 for this case (Number 30586/2014), the public now has every right to challenge authorities refusing to renew vehicle and drivers licences, where enforcement orders are in place, as a result of traffic fines illegally issued in Johannesburg and Tshwane,” stated OUTA.
This is not the first time OUTA has been up in arms about this issue, as since the establishment of the e-toll system, motorists have been held ransom by “illegal” e-toll traffic fines, according to the organisation.
“This judgment is a win for the people and a sure sign that active citizenry, when applied effectively, holds authorities accountable for unjust actions,” says Wayne Duvenage, OUTA’s Chairperson. “What matters first and foremost is that the authorities conduct themselves within the laws of this country before they expect citizens to do the same,” added Duvenhage.
As a result of the ruling in favour of the people, OUTA is compiling a class action and looking at other legal avenues which will compel the RTIA and relevant metros to withdraw all unlawfully processed traffic fines.
“This does not suggest OUTA supports the idea of unlawful conduct on our roads, it means the authorities need to take the matter of law enforcement seriously,” said Duvenage. “Furthermore, it is important the RTIA shifts its policy of treating traffic enforcement as a revenue generating tool to one of addressing road safety issues.”