Metro cops brace for eNatis fine fallout

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By MATT MEDVEDpage_6492641

Metro Police have not been approached by motorists affect-ed by the eNatis fiasco, and are anticipating a large number of cases involving unlicensed vehicles.

“We have not yet received any representations, so we will be dealing with an influx of cases,” Metro Police spokes-man Kevin Maxwell said at a press conference yesterday.

Although the Transport Department promised to cancel all fines incurred by those driving without licences, Maxwell said those whose licences expired during the eNatis crisis would still be charged.

They would still be considered to be “technically unlicensed”. “There will be no blanket decision on this matter and every case will be dealt with on an individual basis on merit,” he said.

“If people choose to drive an unlicensed vehicle, it is their responsibility and they will face consequences. They will have the right to make representations and every case will be considered individually.”

Maxwell said that if it emerged that motorists did not have the opportunity to renew their licences due to the eNatis system failures, this would be taken into consideration when assessing charges.

Maxwell said the system was working from his side and had been online for the past two days after traffic centres were closed on Monday to deal with system maintenance.

Transport Department director-general Mpumi Mpofu threatened legal action yesterday against the Tasima consortium, which won the R408 million eNatis contract in 2001, if it did not fix technical glitches and errors that have caused confusion and long queues at licensing centres.

At the same press conference yesterday, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe announced a new R30 transaction fee to use the system, which was intend-ed to pay for eNatis’s system maintenance.

Meanwhile, the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for a moratorium on prosecutions relating to drivers and vehicles with expired licences, until the system is functioning properly.

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~ by Matt Medved on May 10, 2007.

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