Some motorists in Johannesburg have been running amok on the road – and all this has gone unchecked it seems, as the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has revealed that speed cameras haven’t been functional for close to a year.
As a result, the JMPD says all speed-related prosecutions as well as the issuing of fines in Johannesburg have been halted since the end of May last year, which is when a contract with a service provider came to an end.
It isn’t yet clear why the contract was never renewed, but the JMPD says the speed cameras should be working as soon as June because the tender to repair or supply speed cameras in the city closed earlier this month (April 2022).
“The contract with the previous service provider had ended on 31 May last year and currently what I can tell you is that the contract is being evaluated and hopefully by July there should be a contract and a service provider so that we can resume with our speed enforcements,” JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla told eNCA on Wednesday evening, 27 April 2022.
Fihla couldn’t say just how many speed cameras the City of Johannesburg has, but stressed that there are numerous ones placed in hotspots where fatal accidents have been known to occur.
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NON-FUNCTIONAL SPEED CAMERAS ARE COSTING THE CITY
The JMPD acknowledges that there have been financial repercussions for the city of Johannesburg due to the speeding cameras not working as they have lost millions of rands in revenue, which was previously being generated from the fines issued.
Fihla says the JMPD collected approximately R3 million a month in speed violations.
“It is important to note that even though there are revenue gains or losses, in this instance when enforcing speed limits and laws, the purpose of a speed prosecution is to reduce fatal road accidents and that is by correcting lawlessness whereby people disregard the traffic laws. Hopefully in turn, this improves driver compliance”
JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla
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