Windhoek — Adam Eiseb, the Deputy Chief of the Traffic Management Unit of the Windhoek City Police yesterday informed New Era that unexecuted warrants of arrest against dodgy drivers have increased.
In August, figures provided by the Traffic Management Unit of the Windhoek City Police indicated that a record 35 218 warrants of arrest are pending against thousands of drivers in Windhoek alone, of which 12 335 are outstanding warrants for the arrest of mainly taxi drivers.
Eiseb told New Era at the time that 22 883 warrants were outstanding against private vehicle owners, among them senior officials in the public sector and other prominent individuals.
Yesterday he said the number has increased, with 500 new warrants of arrest issued on a weekly basis. He attributes the increase primarily to reckless driving.
Motorists owe a record N$10.5 million in outstanding traffic fines for which the warrants of arrest have been issued, Eiseb said previously. The deputy chief said those warrants date back to July 2009, and added that the number includes drivers who may now be deceased or foreign visitors.
The varying offences are inclusive of all violations under the provisions of the Road Traffic and Transportation Act, as well as the bylaws of the Windhoek Municipality. Officers of the city's police traffic management unit have taken drastic measures such as visiting some of the culprits at their workplaces and at their residences.
Another method is the deployment of the automatic number plates recognition camera, which links the number plate of a car to a traffic management database, to ascertain if the driver has any outstanding tickets or warrants of arrest. Eiseb urged drivers to go to the offices of the traffic management unit to find out if they have any outstanding warrants. "We promise not to arrest them, but once we find them on the streets there will be no negotiation."
The deputy chief also said that on Wednesday 15 taxis were impounded, since they did not have the appropriate documentation, mainly transportation permits and operator cards. He added that some of the drivers have since provided the correct documents, and only six taxis remain impounded.
According to Eiseb, once a vehicle is impounded, the driver has three days to produce the correct documents, and failure to do so will lead to a criminal charge, in which case the vehicle is transferred to the Namibian Police (Nampol) to be used as an exhibit during trial.