500 Warrants of Arrest Issued

THE City Police issued a total of 501 warrants of arrest to motor vehicle users with outstanding traffic fines last week.

Three hundred people with outstanding traffic fines were also arrested between Monday and Friday last week.

The traffic operations were aimed at helping the City Police achieve its objective of reducing outstanding warrants on traffic fines by 30 per cent this year.

In an interview with Nampa on Friday, City Police senior superintendent Adam Eiseb stated that in 2014 they had a backlog of around 8 781 warrants.

They are set on reducing this high figure by the end of 2015.

“We have set out a monthly target, weekly target and a daily target in terms of execution of traffic warrants,” he said. He explained that at least 951 warrants should be issued on a monthly basis – 220 per week or 31 per day.

The mounting of roadblocks is just the first approach to the execution of the warrants. Another approach will be to visit the work addresses of the suspects or go to their residential address, Eiseb noted.

“We have come to realise that most outstanding warrants are for private vehicle owners as opposed to public operators like taxi drivers,” he said.

He further explained that the reason why taxi drivers have fewer warrants is because they keep in close contact with the authority (City Police) by visiting their office at six-month intervals.

Eiseb said public transport drivers visit the City Police in order to have their registrations renewed, so that they operate within the municipal boundaries, and it is through that process that both the driver and the car are screened for outstanding warrants.

According to the senior superintendent, during their operation they will have a camera situated at the road blocks, which will scan the number plate of an approaching vehicle.

The camera, which is linked to the City Police database, immediately emits a signal if there are any outstanding fines on the vehicle.

Eiseb said they are using the screening camera as a way to prevent traffic congestion.

He urged members of the public to inform their office about deceased family members who were vehicle owners or licensed drivers, by providing death certificates so that they can remove the outstanding warrants.

He added that in the case where people voluntarily approach the City Police office for enquiries on whether they have outstanding warrants of arrest, such people will not be arrested but will be accompanied to the court to pay the actual fine.

“The whole project does not start with the execution of warrants, it starts with the discipline of drivers when it comes to using motor vehicles. I am therefore encouraging them to comply with the rules and regulations of the road and not to invite a traffic notice,” he added.

Nampa

Source : The Namibian