Motorists who received fines from the JMPD via ordinary mail between August 2010 and December 21, 2012 can apply to have them cancelled.
“Motorists may apply for cancellation and the city will cancel those fines,” Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Director Gerrie Gernicke told reporters on Thursday.
Motorists could fill in an Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) representation form found on the Aarto website or at any JMPD office.
Gernicke said members of the public who had already paid fines received by ordinary mail were not entitled to a refund.
“When you pay a fine, you have pleaded guilty to that fine… the public protector made a specific finding that no money would be reimbursed where people have paid an admission of guilt and paid their fines.”
Gernicke said the JMPD had complied with the public protector’s proposed remedial action for issuing infringement notices via ordinary mail instead of registered mail.
“JMPD has subsequently placed an apology in eight mainstream newspapers circulating in Johannesburg,” he said.
On December 18, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said in a report the JMPD acted improperly when it sent fines by ordinary post instead of registered mail.
Gernicke warned the public and businesses to be aware of runners who asked for money to cancel fines on their behalf.
“The public must be very, very aware, because there are runners who are going to big companies and saying you’ve got R10,000 of fines outstanding, I can cancel those fines for R5000.
“They pay, not knowing the details and in fact those runners just put in a representation and the R10,000 is cancelled and they pocket the R5000 for themselves.”