“The cashier refused to accept payment for or issue the licences until all outstanding fines were paid, and handed my employee a list of [alleged] fines dating back to 2012, totalling close to R12 000,” he said. I did pay one fine some time ago after I registered on the website ( but I have a number of vehicles registered to me and my company which drive around Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg,” he said.The man said he was never served with a summons in connection with any of the alleged fines and could therefore not defend himself.
The company denied that it gets a share of the profits from fines that are paid.
“TMT gets a set fee from Msunduzi Municipality in accordance with TMT’s contract with the municipality,” the company said.
TMT added that regulations 27 and 59 of the National Road Traffic Regulations 2000 allowed a municipality to refuse to renew licences.
But when The Witness checked, it discovered that Regulation 27 refers only to the “licence mark and licence number system”, and Regulation 59 allows a registering authority to refuse to issue a disc only if a warrant of arrest has been authorised.
One motorist, who would not be named, said she eventually paid the fine online after many SMSs and scores of e-mails, as she believed she would be taken to court as the e-mails had said.
Summonses can only be issued by the clerk of the court and can only be served by a certified peace officer (who is obliged to produce his/her certificate if requested to do so when serving a summons).
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Msunduzi Municipality was sent a list of questions concerning its relationship with TMT, but responded merely by e-mailing the same replies as TMT.