3 December 2012

Namibia: Warrants of Arrest Increase

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Windhoek — Warrants of arrest for drivers with unpaid traffic fines now stand at 50 000, having jumped from 35 218 in August this year, according to Adam Eiseb, the Deputy Chief of the Traffic Management Unit of the Windhoek City Police.

Speaking to New Era last Friday, Eiseb said the majority of the outstanding warrants of arrest are for offences committed by the drivers of private vehicles.

The Traffic Management Unit of the Windhoek City Police had a record 35 218 warrants of arrest issued in August against thousands of drivers in Windhoek alone, of which 12 335 warrants of arrest were for taxi drivers and 22 883 for private vehicle owners, among them senior officials in the public sector and other prominent individuals.

Lat week the deputy chief said the department is now issuing 500 new warrants of arrest on a weekly basis, an increase he attributes to reckless driving.

The deputy chief also said on Wednesday 15 taxis were impounded, since they did not have the appropriate documentation, mainly transportation permits and operators' cards. He added that some of the drivers have since provided the correct documents, and only six taxis remain impounded.

Motorists owe a record N$10.5 million in outstanding traffic fines for which 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.

Meanwhile, City Police Senior Superintendent Gerry Shikesho said it was a relatively quiet weekend, and that most of the cases the police attended to had to do with domestic violence and noise pollution.

In one incident theft of a motor vehicle was reported, and the motor vehicle has not been recovered, Shikesho added.

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