Month: May 2017

RTIA’s leave to appeal dismissed

JOHANNESBURG – Judge Bill Prinsloo this morning dismissed the Road Traffic Infringement Agency’s (RTIA’s) application for leave to appeal his earlier judgment which had ruled the RTIA had acted unlawfully in its handling of numerous traffic fines.  The RTIA was also ordered to pay the costs of the application.

In his judgment, Prinsloo said there was no reasonable prospect that another court would come to a different conclusion. In its original arguments, the RTIA said that the issue only affected those who originally brought the case. However, in applying for leave to appeal, the case was described as having national importance. Prinsloo’s judgment said: “…the apparent change of stance  by the fourth respondent [the RTIA] is difficult to understand or, with respect, take seriously”. The judgment ends a protracted battle between Fines 4 U (Pty) Ltd (a member of JPSA), Audi Johannesburg and the RTIA which started in 2013. Although the RTIA has the option to petition the Supreme Court of Appeals, it is highly unlikely that the SCA will find any differently and JPSA urged the RTIA to stop wasting taxpayers’ money trying to defend the indefensible. Continue reading

Appeal Judgment – Fines 4 U & Audi Johannesburg v Deputy Registrar of the RTIA & others (1794/2017)

Below is the appeal judgment in the matter between Fines 4 U (Pty) Ltd and Audi Johannesburg versus the Deputy Registrar of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency and others handed down in the Pretoria High Court on 5 May 2017 (Pretoria High Court case number 30586/2014). For contents of the original review judgment, click here.

Transportation of school children (and other people) on bakkies

 

What you need to know about the amendment of Regulation 250 of the National Road Traffic Regulations.

On 11 May 2017, it will become specifically illegal to transport school children for reward in the goods compartment of any vehicle. Many people, including but not limited to the Minister and spokespersons for the Department of Transport have lauded this as being a giant stride in the right direction for road safety. I completely disagree and here’s why: Continue reading