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The print and social media has been abuzz with the issue of ‘Illegal Spot Fines’. They are quoting from a case in which the writer witnessed first-hand as a litigant in the case representing the State as a Respondent.
In Zaine Babbage v State HB167/12, Judges L. Kamocha and M. Cheda are on record saying that motorists who have committed petty offences should be issued with tickets to pay the fine at a later date.
“The said ticket should give the motorist a reasonable time within which to pay the fine in accordance with their regulations unless the said offender elects to pay the fine on the spot…..the police should never send motorists to court unless if they disputed the alleged offence and imposition of a fine”.
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