To eradicate irresponsible driving behavior, vehicles confiscated by SAPOL now cost $ 1,135.50 (minimum charge) to get out of the impound after 28 days.
At the end of the mandatory 28-day period, violators will have an additional 10 days to pay the fees – which could climb to $ 1,395.50 – before SAPOL sells or crushes the vehicle.
As a first step, SAPOL will assess the value of the vehicle and initiate cost recovery.
Road Safety Minister Vincent Tazia reminded drivers of the costly – and deadly – consequences of poor road behavior.
âThis is a call for road safety – and a warning – that all motorists do the right thing. Follow the rules and you have nothing to worry about, âMinister Tarzia said.
âIn the past, we’ve seen hoons follow payment plans for years, essentially speeding up their vehicle’s return after the impoundment period ends without paying the price.
“This is unacceptable and it ends today. Vehicles, if used irresponsibly, are weapons in the wrong hands and reckless road users must be held accountable.”
The new penalties are the result of an amendment to the 2007 Criminal Law Act (clamping, impounding and confiscation of vehicles).
Money collected from the sale and scrapping of vehicles should be used to cover related costs. A court order can be issued to pay a credit provider before the remaining money is returned to general revenue.
Violators can request the destruction of their vehicle – at a cost of $ 320 – instead of paying the impoundment fee.
Vehicles can be impounded or stranded if a person has been charged, arrested or reported for up to 23 prescribed offenses, including dangerous driving, drinking and driving, operating an unregistered or uninsured vehicle or without a license, speeding, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to obey the police or the misuse of a motor vehicle.
Credit card facilities are available at metropolitan impound stations, with cash and credit cards accepted at all police stations.
Marshall’s Liberal government is calling on the public to take a strong stand against unsafe drivers as well.
Use the Traffic Watch app to dob in hoons 24/7 or call 131 444 to report.