Motorists given grace on traffic violations for duration of Post Office strike
Written by: Tunicia Phillips
The Road Traffic Infringement Agency has announced that it will be giving motorist grace for their traffic violations in light of the three month post office strike.
The agency says its system has stopped counting days between notices of infringement and the duration of the strike as motorists have not been receiving their mail. Its chief operating officer Thabo Tsholetsane says motorists whose infringement notices have already reached the post office will have to collect them there.
The three month long strike at the embattled post office has affected mail delivery throughout the country making debt collection and legal notices almost impossible to reach consumers.Tsholetsane says despite the grace during this strike period, all infringements will remain logged onto their system with only the notice period falling away
“Because we realised that the post office was actually not posting these things, what we did is we stopped the clock on the system so that we do not punish people for their 50% discounts,” says Tsholetsane.
“No time will elapse in terms of sending things, as soon as the post office is online then the clock will start and we will send notices and this is when the 32 days will only start,” he comments.
Meanwhile, the Communication Workers Union has revised its demand of 15% to 7.5% but is yet to receive feedback from Sapo.
With dissent among workers aggravating an already violent strike, Sapo’s reluctance to revise their offer and to give casual staff permanent contracts will see further delays in recovering the country’s collapsed mailing service.