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Metro dismisses social media claims of hefty fines for using cellphone while driving

Dec 19, 2016
Metro dismisses social media claims of hefty fines for using cellphone while driving

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Monday distanced itself from information that has gone viral on social media with regard to the usage of cell phones while driving by motorists as well as those caught driving without licenses.

"According to the information, which is allegedly from an unnamed DA Councilor,  any motorist talking on mobile phone while driving their phones would be confiscated and be liable for a fine of R2 500.  

"It also states that those driving without their drivers licences would be taken into custody and be liable for a fine of R1 000," said Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications and Media Management Officer, Mthubanzi Mniki.

The MMC of Safety and Security in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Cllr John Best, said the information was mischievous as there is no such policy in place yet in Metro, “Although it is illegal to talk on the cell phone while driving, there is currently no policy in place to confiscate the mobile phones of motorists. However a person can be fined an amount of R750 according to the current municipal policy.”

The information on social media is also incorrect to suggest that motorists driving without licences will be taken into custody, “All I know is that a person driving without a drivers licence can only be arrested once a warrant of arrest has been issued.  

"However, motorists are warned to refrain from doing illegal acts. If caught, the law will take its course with the relevant fines issued to offenders,” said Cllr Best.