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bluegray (October 22, 2010, 10:22:10 AM):
The City of Cape Town’s six new “spy cars” arrested 35 motorists on their first day of operation.

The cars joined 34 “ghost squad” vehicles on Cape Town’s roads on Wednesday.

The spy cars, fitted with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, were introduced as part of an “Operation Reclaim” roadblock on the Stellenbosch arterial route near Blackheath.

Traffic spokeswoman Merle Lourens said the spy cars helped officers arrest 35 drivers for a range of offences.

A further 23 warrants of arrests were issued for fines totalling R681 000.

Motorists also coughed up a total of R7 250 in fines using the new instant-pay systems. The new system allows motorists to pay fines over the counter (cash, cheques and postal orders) at City of Cape Town cash and housing offices, municipal courts and traffic centres.

Fines can also be paid at all Absa branches and post offices; at ATMs (for Absa clients only); on the internet; by cellphone, via an application called Pocit which can be downloaded; and at roadblocks, using cash, cheques, postal orders and credit and debit cards.

Previously motorists could only pay for fines at their local traffic department or municipal court.

Drivers who want to pay overdue fines or have them reduced can visit various municipal courts.
StevoMuso (October 26, 2010, 09:47:14 AM):
I think this is brilliant - and about time that our traffic police started using technology to keep us safer on the roads. ANPR is an awesome idea - hope they introduce it here in Gauteng as well. Nice post - thanks.
Mefiante (October 26, 2010, 11:06:00 AM):
ANPR is an awesome idea - hope they introduce it here in Gauteng as well.
They already have. You’ll find it at your friendly neighbourhood roadblock. If there’s an outstanding warrant for a traffic offence, the system emits a bone-jarring whoop, whereupon at least six Metro officers will pounce on you, demanding instant payment.

You’ll also find ANPR with the soon-to-be-introduced automated motorway tolling system, which will use prepaid e-tags that are matched to the vehicle’s registration plate whenever you pass under one of the many gantries that are being built across the motorways at various strategic locations. These gantries incorporate ANPR and automatically deduct the toll amount from your prepaid e-tag account whenever you pass under them. If you’ve run out of credit or your car’s registration doesn’t match the e-tag, you’ll be pulled over.

At least, that’s the idea. It’ll probably work decently well seeing as there are vast sums of money to be made from it… ::)

GCG (October 26, 2010, 11:20:32 AM):
i have no love for the traffic department at the moment
i need to do my car licence, which is still licenced in the freestate.
so in order to renew my licence, i have to change my address. which would be fine, but they want a proof of residence.
which allso would be fine, but i rent, and dont get water and lights accounts, and since i live in stokkiesville, i dont get mail to my home address.
so, they dont accept my lease, they dont accept the invoice from my landlord, or my payslip, which all shows my physical address.
they want an affidavit from my landlord, saying i stay where i do.
which they wont get, because he doesnt live in this country.

and the response from the woman behind the counter is :'not my problem'
Faerie (October 26, 2010, 11:30:38 AM):
GCG, drop by your bank, explain to them that you need a FICA document from them - it basically states your adress and contact details on it, and it serves as a confirmation that you hold a banking account with them, just take your ID with and one of those docs you just mentioned (your lease will be fine). We accidently found ourselves in the bank last weekend to increase our withdrawal limits and got ourselves a "nice" customer services clerk who got chatty and ended up helping us in more ways than one. She issued us this document and the S/O could RICA with it. Maybe this will help?


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