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New breath alcohol testing machine launched

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 15 April 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Motor Vehicles
In a bid to reduce SA’s road death toll of 14 000 a year, the Department of Transport has brought in a new evidential breath alcohol testing machine, piloted in the Western Cape and launched in Pietermaritzburg last week.

Wesbank seeking to avoid damages claim

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Motor Vehicles #Property Law
A claim over an alleged fraudulent sale of a motor vehicle is set to return to court soon after the customer approached the Eastern Cape High Court (Makhanda) again, in a move which could lead to civil action amounting to millions in damages against Wesbank.

Trailer hire mogul wins battle over fines

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 01 April 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Motor Vehicles
Trailer-hire mogul Pascale Sprague and her business partner have finally won their battle with Transport Minister Blade Nzimande, the City of Cape Town and the NDPP after they were repeatedly prosecuted for driving and parking offences committed by clients.

Cape Town's Sustainable Warrant operation yields results

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 29 March 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Motor Vehicles
The Sustainable Warrant operation, launched in February 2019, has caught the attention of motorists with an increase in the number of people owning up to outstanding warrants of arrest for unpaid traffic-related debt. According to a report on the IoL site, the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service served just under 10 000 warrants during the first four weeks of its Sustainable Warrant operation, which has now become a permanent feature of the department’s operations.

Losing Your Licence with AARTO Demerits: More Danger than You Thought, and The Wheels are Turning

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Friday, 29 March 2019
Tags: #Motor Vehicles
Government has “cried wolf” on the AARTO demerit system so many times now that many of us have lost sight of just how seriously it will affect us when it finally comes into force. Now the wheels of implementation are turning – fast. It’s time to prepare!

Sanral suspends pursuit of e-toll debt

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 28 March 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Motor Vehicles
The SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) says it is suspending the process of pursuing e-toll debt. According to News24, it says that ‘given the initiative led by President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the e-tolls payment impasse, Sanral will, with immediate effect, suspend the process of pursuing e-toll debt. This includes historic debt and summonses applied for from 2015. No new summonses will be applied for’.

Kuga inquest hears of 'shotgun' sound

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Motor Vehicles
A video showing the moment Reshall Jimmy burnt to death in his Ford Kuga more than three years ago was at the centre of a dispute over evidence at the inquest into his death at the Western Cape High Court yesterday.

Why the RAF is in shambolic state

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Tags: #Motor Vehicles #Personal Injury Law
With the Road Accident Fund hopelessly insolvent – its liabilities exceeded its assets by more than R206bn at the end of March 2018 – the debate is taken up in a lengthy article on the Moneyweb site. Noting that several government departments are pushing to replace the current RAF system with what they see to be a more affordable system under the new Road Accident Benefit Scheme (RABS) Bill, the article delves into the by now well-known pros and cons regarding the Bill.

E-toll defaulter blacklisted for owing R60 000

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 18 March 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Motor Vehicles
Sanral has highlighted the plight of a Gauteng motorist to support its claims that Sanral is pushing ahead with seeking default judgments as part of its latest ploy to recoup billions of rands owed in e-tolls. The motorist, according to Rudie Heyneke, Outa’s transport portfolio manager, was applying for credit when it was discovered he/she had been blacklisted for owing R60 000 in e-toll fees.

Soapie star to get R2m in general damages

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 18 March 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Motor Vehicles #Personal Injury Law
Soapie actor Theunis Nel is due to receive R2m in general damages from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) following a motorcycle accident in 2014 after which his arm had to be amputated. A Pretoria News report says Nel suffered severe injuries to his right upper leg, knee, back and neck, and he fractured his pelvis, among other injuries.

Uber facing class action from customers

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 11 March 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Motor Vehicles
Uber faces a class action suit by customers who say they suffered emotional trauma and physical injuries while using its service, according to News24. Eleven people represented by Ulrich Roux Attorneys will approach the High Court in an effort to pursue a damages claim.

Secure mail thumbs up for Aarto notice delivery

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 25 February 2019
Tags: #Constitutional Law #Litigation #Motor Vehicles
The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has found that the manner in which the Road Traffic Infringement Agency served notices on traffic violations was sufficient. A Pretoria News report says this was after the difference between registered mail and secured mail to serve road traffic offences – better known as Aarto notices – was argued.

Traffic fines by secured mail or registered mail?

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 15 February 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Motor Vehicles
The difference between registered mail and secured mail to serve road traffic offences – better known as Aarto notices – was a hot topic of debate in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) this week. The Justice Project SA insisted that either personal service or service by registered mail was the only way in which to serve traffic fines in terms of the Aarto Act.

Lawyer arrested for alleged medico-legal, RAF fraud

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 14 February 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #Litigation #Motor Vehicles #Personal Injury Law
One of the Eastern Cape's most controversial lawyers – who has been involved in a number of medico-legal and Road Accident Fund (RAF) cases – has been arrested. The lawyer, not named in the TimesLIVE report, was arrested in Mthatha yesterday evening by a Hawks team lead by national investigators. He is due in the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court today.

Widow finally wins against RAF, but ...

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Motor Vehicles #Personal Injury Law
A widow has won her appeal against the Road Accident Fund (RAF) for compensation in the Western Cape High Court after her common law husband was killed when knocked over by a container being conveyed by a so-called ‘reach stacker’ at the Multipurpose Terminal at Cape Town Harbour nearly nine years ago.

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