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Motorists warned about driving without license plates<p>Traffic officers doing regular patrols on roads throughout the metropole have recorded more than 4 500 vehicles not displaying number plates for the period July – September 2020. </p><p>‘As traffic volumes increase, the number of traffic transgressions are also on the increase. Driving without number plates is not only a violation of the National Road Traffic Act, but also says a lot about those behind the wheel. Often this is a ploy to avoid detection for speeding, or when motorists are trying to dodge being caught for  outstanding warrants of arrests. The City simply cannot and will not allow this,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>According to the City’s Traffic Service, a vehicle with only one number plate or no number plates  is deemed not roadworthy. Traffic officers will issue a fine and issue a suspension notice so that the vehicle can undergo a roadworthy test within 14 working days at the nearest roadworthy testing centre. </p><p>Another alarming statistic is the number of motorists using their cellphones while driving. Close to 800 cell phones were impounded by traffic officers for the period July – September 2020. </p><p>The trend has continued into October, with 101 phones impounded in the first week, followed by 137 impoundments the week after.  </p><p>‘Motorists who are unlawfully using their cell phones while driving not only obstruct traffic flow but put the lives of other motorists and pedestrians at risk. Traffic officers often report on how motorists operate their cellphone at intersections, stop signs and traffic lights, causing traffic to back up, because they’re not paying attention. With the technology available nowadays, it is incomprehensible that so many people are still handling these devices while driving. Apart from the danger to other road users, they are also making themselves vulnerable to attack, because they are not aware of their surroundings,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><strong>The following fines apply to the above transgressions:</strong></p><ul><li>Displaying only one number plate           -   R500</li><li>Displaying no number plates on a vehicle –  R1000</li><li>Driving while operating a cell phone –        R1000 (National Road Traffic Act) </li></ul><p>An additional fine of R500 will be issued to motorists using their cellphones while driving and they will have the device impounded. This is in accordance with the City’s Traffic By-Law. </p><ul><ul><ul><br>Motorists who were fined for using a cell phone while driving will have to pay  the impoundment release  fee and collect impounded cellphones at the traffic department closest to the area in which it was confiscated. The cellphone will be available for collection 24 hours after it was impounded. <br>In addition to the above transgressions, the number of persons driving without a valid driver’s license is a cause for concern. For the period July – September 2020, a staggering  32 341 incidents were recorded. In addition, more than 31 800 drivers could not produce their driver’s license when stopped by traffic officers.<br>For information on the City’s Traffic By-Law  please visit: <a href=""></a></ul></ul><ul>End</ul></ul><strong></strong>2020-10-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#1590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63;L0|#01590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63|traffic services;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#b480eb1b-cfa8-45cf-ab3d-21f848f482e9;L0|#0b480eb1b-cfa8-45cf-ab3d-21f848f482e9|safety and security10


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