Traffic Fines Management company Fines4U (Pty) Ltd has been awarded a judgment against the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department, ordering the JMPD to stop violating the rights of the company by abusing and interfering with processes under the AARTO Act.
In November 2012, Burger Attorneys, on behalf of Fines4U and Vaal Car Hire filed an application citing five illegally served AARTO infringement notices sent by the JMPD and the ensuing illegal actions taken by the JMPD. The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department, Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Road Traffic Infringement Agency, Minister of Transport and Minister of Police were cited as respondents.
Only the JMPD and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality decided to oppose the application and in December 2012, the JMPD cancelled the five infringement notices in a clear attempt to render the application moot. The matter was heard in the South Gauteng High Court on 29 January 2014 and judgment was reserved.
Justice Andre Gautschi awarded judgment in favour of Fines4U and Vaal Car Hire, with costs against the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department on 25 February 2014.
In his judgement, Justice Andre Gautschi ruled that a proxy for a juristic entity is entitled to elect to be tried in court under AARTO and affirmed that he appointment of representations officers in the employ of the JMPD up to 22 December 2012 was unlawful and in direct contravention of the AARTO Act and a determination of the Minister of Transport.
“This judgment shows that despite taking a long time and requiring significant financial investment, justice does prevail if you have the guts and determination to go the distance, not to mention the funds to invest in good legal arguments,” said Howard Dembovsky, chairman of Justice Project South Africa.
“We congratulate Fines4U for showing the moral fortitude to not simply roll over and let the threats of the JMPD force them into capitulating to unfair and illegal practices,” he concluded.
National Chairman – Justice Project South Africa (NPC)
We can only have huge respect for those who hold the lives of many passengers in their hands – and do their utmost to keep them safe from harm! Every time we board a bus or a plane we trust the driver or pilot to be a responsible individual who knows how to conduct himself behind the wheel and how to respond to the challenges on the route we are to take!
The driver of the luxury bus is not only confronted by the challenges from road and environmental conditions – but also the lawless and reckless road users – both human and animal!
We decided to approach a bus driver from Intercape with a few questions to gain greater insight as to how the meet and respond to these challenges!
- What would you regard as the most important qualities that a driver of a luxury bus should possess?
- How much experience do you have in driving a bus – do you also log the kilometres travelled like the pilots do?
Intercape’s criteria is a minimum of two years’ long distance driving, in the class of vehicle that you are applying for. I have been driving these vehicles much longer than that, but don’t keep a personal log of the kilometres that I drive.
- Do you remain on the same roads mostly or are there a rotational system as to designated routes for each bus driver?
- What do you observe on the roads as the major road behaviours from other road users that threatens your safety and the safety of your passengers?
- What are the major frustrations encountered by the driver of a luxury bus?
- What does Intercape and yourself do to avoid driver fatigue?
- Is there an increased need for alertness at night as compared to driving at day time – what would the biggest risks be?
- Have you ever experienced a medical emergency amongst the passengers – Do you have a protocol of steps to take in the event of a medical emergency onboard?
- What would you wish for passengers to be aware of that they might not know when climbing on your bus?
- Is the location of the bus continuously monitored from head-office and are there a need to update passengers and bus stops with estimated times of arrival?
- What can a bus driver do to make the experience enjoyable and comfortable for passengers?
- Do drivers meet with one another or with management to share experiences, do scenario planning and improve on services rendered?
One man was rescued along the R40 between Hazyview and White River, Kwazulu Natal this morning.
Responding ER24 paramedics found the man’s vehicle plunged in the embankment alongside the road.
It appears that the vehicle veered off the roadway and landed in the embankment leaving the man trapped in overnight.
The rescue operation required paramedics to climb down the embankment using rescue rope and thereafter freed the patient from the car using jaws-of-life equipment.
Assessments revealed that he sustained minor injuries for which he was treated and transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
Local authorities were on scene for further investigations.
Photo from ER24 Lowveld
A man has tragically died after a truck overturned on the R34 near Malmoth Late last night. Reports indicate that the truck veered off the road and rolled down an embankment, the load of logs landing on top of the cab where the driver was trapped in the twisted metal.
Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the driver had tragically died due to the extensive injuries that he sustained. Rescuers worked fervently for hours to free the man from under the load of logs.
This image and text is from page 45 of The New Official K53 Manual . The black pointers are to indicated the direction of travel, for clarification purposes. They do not actually appear on the road surface.
- The two markings are regulatory markings and must be obeyed.
- The single No Overtaking line means you may cross it to access property or avoid a stationary obstruction.
- The No Crossing double-line means you may not cross the lines at all.
- Any broken white line between the two is a warning marking called a Dividing Line, to indicate that this is a two-way road and that any vehicles on the other side of that line are travelling towards you. It does not affect the rules related to the solid lines.
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Dealership recognised for its relentless pursuit of perfection
In a dealer network recognised for its class leading customer service – both in South Africa and across the world – it is a very impressive achievement to be recognised as the Lexus Dealer of the Year.
For 2013 Leon Brand and the team at Lexus Midrand received this coveted prize, having shown a unique combination of the traditional values of customer service and technical excellence as well as out-of-the-box thinking.
Says Justin Ryan, General Manager of Lexus South Africa: “Leon has shown exceptional leadership as the Dealer Principal of Lexus Midrand and his commitment shows in the dealership’s consistent performance in 2013. This is a true personification of the Lexus motto of ‘Pursuit of Perfection’ and it makes Leon and his team true ambassadors of the Lexus brand.”
Lexus Midrand, which is part of the McCarthy Group, was singled out for its dedication to making Lexus buyers part of the Lexus family and for supporting the brand with unrelenting energy. The dealer was also awarded with the Lexus Financial Services Dealer of the Year award, for averaging a market share of 51% and a very impressive conversion rate of 77%.
Lexus South Africa also recognised Marius Claassen and the team at Lexus Helderberg for their high level of customer service. In handing over the Lexus Customer Experience Award, Ryan recognised the renewed vigour at Lexus Helderberg and applauded them for their first victory in this category.
Lexus South Africa has 17 dealers in South Africa and is currently expanding its range of service facilities to several smaller regions and towns.
This morning there has been an accident involving a minibus on the N3 near Paradise valley
Paramedics form KZN Emergency Medical Services and several private ambulances services worked together to treat the 16 patients that had sustained injuries in the accident, ranging to critical to minor injuries.
The KZN EMS air ambulance was dispatched to the accident and flew one of the critically injured patients to Inkhosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, where the patient was handed over to a team of trauma Doctors.
The other patients were transported by ambulance to several hospitals in the Durban area, including St Mary’s, King Edward VIII and Addington hospitals for further medical care.
Traffic in the area was severely affected, as at first there were just lane closures and then the road was closed when the air ambulance landed.
The cause of the accident is not known and the police are investigating the matter further.
If I could use this platform to ask that motorists don’t drive in the emergency lanes and to allow emergency vehicles to pass when they are responding.
KZN EMS Media Liaison Officer
An off road biker was seriously injured after he fell off his bike in an old mine dump site in Maraisburg this afternoon. It is believed that the biker and some friends went off road riding on the dumpsite and were about three kilometres from the nearest road when the biker fell seriously injuring himself.
Netcare 911 paramedics used motorbikes and four by four vehicles to transport their equipment to where the patient was. Realizing that the terrain was too rough to transport the patient out on the back of a bakkie they called for the Netcare one medical helicopter to assist.
Once the patient was stabilised and skilfully immobilised on a trauma board they airlifted him to a Netcare hospital for the care that he required.
A twenty – four – year – old man was seriously injured in the Westbrook car park on the Natal north coast this morning. Exact detail to the cause of the accident and preceding events will remain a subject for police investigation and comment.
Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found that man lying on the ground in the car park. After they stabilised him on scene paramedics transported the man to a local hospital for the care that he required.
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