Those of us who have heard the horror stories about Metro Police arresting people at road blocks for their failure to pay traffic fines
now have a measure of comfort (if you live in Joburg). ITWeb has reported as follows:
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has created a Web site to allow motorists to check if they have outstanding
The site, part of the Joburg http://eservices.joburg.org.za/joburg/eservices/ will help motorists access information regarding outstanding warrants and summons. The site follows the creation of a mobile fine system.
The JMPD is also planning to add an online fine payment system on the site to help offenders to make immediate payments.
The City of Johannesburg’s strategy is to promote technology-driven crime prevention and ensure the department’s bylaw
enforcement system meets global standards,” says JMPD director Derek Masoek.
“The JMPD partnered with 2Big Mobile Applications, a black economic empowerment company, to develop the Web facility. The Web site forms part of 2Big’s Mobile Integrated Information System five-part project that piloted in 2003.
During the first phase of the project, officers accessed relevant information via cellphone by entering a car’s registration
number. In the second phase, a management system was introduced to track the officers’ daily activities. The third phase, announced in September, is a mobile traffic fine system.
The JMPD has also established an offender notification contact centre, staffed with six operators.
To use the site you have to register on the site first and it seems that you can also access rates and taxes info from this site too.