$700 Road Traffic Fine To Come Into Effect On Tuesday, January 1 20194 years ago
The hefty penalty fines proposed by the Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube in the 2019 national budget are set to become operational on Tuesday, January 1 2019.
Road traffic offenders are liable to pay a maximum penalty of $700 and imprisonment. Road traffic offences that are currently classified under levels 1 to 3 of the standard scale of fines attract a maximum fine of $30. Under new revenue measures announced in the 2019 National Budget, most of which become operational this week, the fines are now placed in levels eight to 10.
The National Assembly approved the Finance Bill on 20 December. It now awaits approval by the Senate. However, the measures contained in the Bill become operational next week because of the uniquenes of the Bill according to Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi. Ziyambi had this to say
The Finance Bill is a different kind of Bill compared to others that come to Parliament. Certain processes do not apply to it.
That is why you find even the measures set by the Minister of Finance (and Economic Development) that are effective midnight on the day he presented the budget, automatically become effective.
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All those measures that are effective on January 1, 2019, will come to effect.
Also note that the Finance Bill sailed through in the National Assembly, and if we look at the Constitution and other rules of Parliament with regard the Finance Bill, Senate cannot reject it or amend it.
What they can simply do is refer back to the Lower House. So, effectively, all proposals in the budget are allowed and they take effect.