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Major speeding fine problem in South Africa before Easter

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Prosecutors have warned of legal issues with speed cameras and fines in South Africa ahead of Easter weekend.

The problems arose due to the fact that the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel, did not issue regulations for the calibration and verification of speed measuring equipment before the deadline of March 31 – a requirement under the law on legal metrology.

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A senior prosecutor from the National Prosecution Authority said Die Burger that valid calibration and verification certificates for equipment such as speed cameras are a legal requirement, otherwise a motorist cannot be prosecuted.

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The Democratic Opposition Alliance and provincial traffic authorities have both warned the surveillance could prove disastrous as traffic is expected to resume over the festive weekend.

Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesman Simon Zwane told BusinessTech that this issue is currently under development and discussions are underway with regulators to extend the deadline.

He added that this matter fell within the competence of the Department of Trade and Industry, but the authorities hoped that the matter would be resolved today.

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As Easter weekend approaches, those on the road should be prepared for the increased traffic over the next few days, said MasterDrive chief executive Eugene Herbert.

“With lockdown levels lowered to level one, a lot of people will likely be on the road this Easter.

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“I would like to encourage every driver who will be on the roads, whether traveling to vacation destinations or getting around with family and friends, to use the power of hindsight and learn from previous peak periods.

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“Every year, the causes of accidents are similar and indicate what drivers need to do to reduce their risk while driving during this holiday period.”

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