About N.dollars 400 000 generated from traffic fines at Otjiwarongo

05 Jan 2018 13:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 05 JAN (NAMPA) - A total of 131 traffic offenders in the Otjiwarongo district have paid Government N.dollars 399 375 in road traffic fines between October and December 2017.
Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court Clerk for traffic fines, Bernolda Swartbooi on Friday told Nampa in an interview that most of the fines issued in the Otjiwarongo district are for overloading, speeding on national (B1) road, operating vehicles without valid driving licences, operating unroadworthy vehicles and failing to comply with the traffic road markings and signs in town.
She said that between 02 October 2017 and 29 December 2017, a total of 326 tickets were jointly issued by members of the Otjiwarongo Municipality’s traffic department, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s traffic unit and that of the Roads Authority.
Swartbooi said out of the tickets issued, 131 were paid in full with a further 195 drivers having failed to pay, against whom warrants of arrest have been issued.
In the Otjozondjupa Region alone, more than 3 271 vehicle operators are wanted by the NamPol’s traffic department for unpaid traffic fines issued to them between 2015 and 2017 amounting to nearly N.dollars 3 million.
NamPol Traffic Sub-Divisional Head in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Joseph Severus earlier this week expressed concern with this high number of unpaid traffic fines.