Durban – Durban taxi drivers were the worst traffic offenders as they owed the city R3.6m in unpaid traffic fines, with one driver owing R274 000, the Daily News online reported on Wednesday.
Police have issued a warrant of arrest for the man, who has accumulated up to 538 fines ranging from speeding, overloading to driving through a red traffic light.
He was at the top of the list of the 30 worst offenders in Durban.
Drivers belonging to a fleet of taxis registered GLAYER ZN collectively owe the city R1.3m.
Metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi said minibus taxi drivers often had more outstanding fines because they had more than one driver, while other drivers absconded after accumulating several traffic fines.
‘They know that the lifespan of a warrant is only two years, so they move from one city to the next,’ he was quoted as saying by the Daily News online.
In total Durban motorists have accumulated R1.3bn in unpaid traffic fines since 2005, including R100m from this year.