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Title: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Lommies on February 11, 2015, 10:03:16 am
This is the first test case and will have major implications  :(

http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/fake-plates-lead-to-1907-charges-1.1816139#.VNsLpiwrL9o (http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/fake-plates-lead-to-1907-charges-1.1816139#.VNsLpiwrL9o)

Pretoria - An employee of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has appeared briefly in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on 1907 fraud charges after he allegedly drove between Pretoria and Johannesburg using false number plates for about 10 months in an alleged bid to dodge paying e-toll fees.

The bulk of the charges against Stoyen Stoychev relate to using false number plates while driving on the N1 and each time he drove through a gantry, counted as one charge.

It appeared from the charge sheet that he owed Sanral about R15 000 in toll fees.

This is said to be the first case of this nature before the court since e-tolls were implemented in Gauteng in 2013.

From 3 December 2013 up to 2 October 2 last year, when he was arrested, Stoychev allegedly used the falsified number plates, in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

While he drove a white Hyundai i30 hatchback, one of the number plates he used belonged to the owner of a Ford Bantam bakkie - a certain BN Bunting.

SANRAL PREJUDICED

The Gauteng registration number he used (and which belonged to Bunting) started with CF, but it is claimed that Stoychev at times altered the C into an O.

According to the charge sheet, the number plate starting with “OF” did not exist on the national traffic information system (e-Natis), while the number starting with the CF was registered to Bunting.

The State said Stoychev, as an e-toll user, was required to pay for every gantry he crossed and thus using a falsified number plate resulted in fraud.

It was said that he used these number plates to evade the liability of paying e-tolls, which prejudiced Sanral.

Other charges include that he allegedly drove his vehicle while not displaying a number plate on the back of his car.

According to the national road traffic regulations, number plates must be attached to a vehicle in such a manner that they are not easily detachable.

Each letter and figure must also be clearly legible and visible.

Stoychev has not yet pleaded to the charges and the case was postponed to 25 February.

Pretoria News
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Draadwerk on February 11, 2015, 10:20:54 am
Aha. This will be interesting.
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Lommies on February 11, 2015, 10:26:20 am
Aha. This will be interesting.

perhaps the Wilddogs should brief counsel to appear pro amico
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Maddoglips on February 11, 2015, 10:36:59 am
Gonna be interesting.

Either way, if they have proof of dodge plates, he is guilty of an offence and will have to pay for that.

BUT

Lets see if they then gonna try and screw him for the toll fees.

They gonna try make it look like they gonna win the E toll fees to scare people, watch the press and article wordings carefully
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: DeepBass9 on February 11, 2015, 10:39:38 am
How will they prove it is him? Did he have a etag?
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: OomD on February 11, 2015, 10:41:02 am
If you want to refuse to pay eTolls then by all means, refuse. Strike, drive slow and do all that. But really, using false plates is just fraud. Plain and simple. And then sometimes altering the plates too? Stupid.  :eek7:
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: BFG on February 11, 2015, 10:46:13 am
If you want to refuse to pay eTolls then by all means, refuse. Strike, drive slow and do all that. But really, using false plates is just fraud. Plain and simple. And then sometimes altering the plates too? Stupid.  :eek7:
Agreed. He would've been better off just not paying.
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: ButtSlider on February 11, 2015, 10:58:11 am
I hope this piece of shit gets his due.  :dousing:

I got an e-toll invoice for my car too, although my car has never been to Gauteng. . . . .and on the photo it was not an Audi A4, it was a Chev with my reg no.  :sip:
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: J-dog on February 11, 2015, 11:10:04 am
If he gets judged guilty, it will set an interesting precedent. It follows that my plate may have been cloned, and therefore I cannot be liable for toll fees.
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Pom on February 11, 2015, 11:11:03 am
Non payment no problem, in fact it's the only way to go.
But false plates is just fraudulent, and no plates is just plain criminal.

At least if your gonna put dummy plates on go for a good target :biggrin:
RSA 1 GP springs to mind :pot:
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on February 11, 2015, 11:19:05 am
Indeed.

He is being charged with Fraud, not non-payment of tolls...

Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: ktmmer on February 11, 2015, 11:19:32 am
How can they prove that each time he passed a gantry it was him. 

Someone else with an I 30 did the same and used the same reg number.  ??



Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Mr Zog on February 11, 2015, 11:22:15 am
How can they prove that each time he passed a gantry it was him

Someone else with an I 30 did the same and used the same reg number.  ??





This is going to be interesting...

It may play Scamrals hand into showing how good/bad their cameras are... the pics we used to get (when they still sent out bills) had pretty crappy quality pics on.

Unless there is some distinguishing mark on his car (sticker/dent/accessory) it may lead to reasonable doubt?
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Fearless on February 11, 2015, 11:28:41 am
Just receive the proposed changes to numberplates and the embossing or manufacture thereof to be Gazetted soon after consultation with stakeholders. (Should rather be steakholders with beer in hand in this heat). Western Cape & KZN will also change to digits like other provinces. Only aluminium plates. If vehicle first registered after July 2011 plates to be riveted or one way screws.
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Fearless on February 11, 2015, 11:32:04 am
I see even the Zulu King gets his own ending with ZK. Wonder what showerhead will say about that , probably also would want his own series.
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Kobus on February 11, 2015, 11:33:08 am
Quote
Western Cape & KZN will also change to digits like other provinces.

digits as in ?

will we loose CY CA etc
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Mr Zog on February 11, 2015, 11:33:49 am
I see even the Zulu King gets his own ending with ZK. Wonder what showerhead will say about that , probably also would want his own series.

Zooma just needs to register his vehicles in the Free State, last two digits will be completely apt

Farking Stoopid  :peepwall:  :pot:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: KiLRoy on February 11, 2015, 11:38:03 am
simple case imho - guilty of fraud and liable for toll fees.

but using this to prosecute law abiding non-payers ---- sorry not the same
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Fearless on February 11, 2015, 11:38:45 am
Yip Western Cape and KZN to go onto same system as other provinces. The 520mm plates is running out of space. Ek dink julle teel te veel in die Kaap. Hier in KZN werk "Natural Selection" te stadig.
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: TheBear on February 11, 2015, 11:39:35 am
How can they prove that each time he passed a gantry it was him.  

Someone else with an I 30 did the same and used the same reg number.  ??





They will have three pictures of him for every gantry he passed under.  High quality and very clear.  Also he was apprehended in the car with the false plates some time ago.   Even if they cannot prove all charges,  they will have proof for some.
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Fearless on February 11, 2015, 11:42:28 am
Previously only motorcycles to have 60mm lettering. New legislation will allow 60mm on vehicles as well if vehicle cannot accomodate 75mm lettering. you guys with the Alfas and Jeeps will now be sorted. Please remember this is only the start of the transformation process. It took them 20 years to get to this point. Will nor worry to much.
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: chicco on May 25, 2015, 03:36:30 pm
wonder what happened?
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: chicco on September 10, 2015, 03:24:26 pm
Dr Stoyan Stoychev‚ 36‚ pleaded guilty to 987 charges of contravening National Road Traffic Act and the SA National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act for each time he passed through a gantry as well as fraud for altering his registration plates to evade e-tolls.

Stoychev‚ a Bulgarian‚ was arrested on October 2 last year on the N1 in Centurion for altering his registration plates by changing the letter C to an O and numbers 06 to 60. At some stage he drove his Hyundai i30 without rear registration plates.

He later used cloned number plates belonging to a BN Bunting‚ another motorist who had an e-toll account‚ accumulating a debt of R13‚000.

Stoychev entered into a plea bargain with the state.

Chief magistrate Desmond Nair handed down the agreed sentence of a R20‚000 fine with the alternative of six months in jail on the count of fraud over the period March 10 2014 to October 2 2014.

In addition Stoychev has to perform 100 hours of community service at the SPCA.

The penalty for evading e-tolls was the same‚ but was wholly suspended on condition that he pays his outstanding e-toll debt amounting to more than R14‚000 - which includes the e-toll expenses he ran up for Bunting.

The state said the alarm bells were raised when Stoychev and Bunting passed different gantries in different parts of Gauteng province almost simultaneously.
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Bundu on September 10, 2015, 04:03:24 pm
for a scientist, the guy was stupid - should have just taken his plates off
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: T Rex on September 10, 2015, 05:28:34 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: Bundu on September 10, 2015, 05:47:14 pm

TO:   ALL NEWS, CRIME & TRANSPORT EDITORS
DATE:   2015/09/10
SUBJECT:   Conviction in Pretoria Magistrates is not strictly about e-tolls

JOHANNESBURG – On Thursday 10 September 2015, Stoyan Hristov Stoychev was convicted and sentenced in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on charges of common fraud, the modus operandi of which was to falsify his number plates, presumably in order to evade camera-based traffic fines, as well as e-tolls. He was not however charged with a single speeding offence.
After reaching a plea agreement with the State, he plead guilty to both, fraud by falsifying his number plates and to violating section 27(5)(a) of the SANRAL Act, and was sentenced in accordance with the plea agreement which reads as follows:
On the charge of fraud (count 1):
•         A fine of R20,000 or 6 months imprisonment, with a further term of 12 months imprisonment suspended for five years; and
•         100 hours community service with the SPCA.
On the charge of violating Section 27 of the SANRAL Act (count 2 to 988 – all counts taken together):
•         A fine of R20,000 or 6 months imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years on the condition that he pays his existing e-tolls bill of R14,873.81 over a period of six months and does not fail to pay e-tolls in future.
Much has been made of Mr Stoychev being “the first victim of e-tolls prosecution”, however this is not strictly in fact the case and it must be clearly understood that what Mr Stoychev did was to falsify his number plates. It is undeniable that the e-tolls component of this particular matter would never have arisen had he not falsified his number plates to start with.
Falsifying number plates is forbidden under the National Road Traffic Act, for obvious reasons and this offence is usually prosecuted as fraud by our courts, as was the case in this matter.
Meanwhile, it is interesting to note that charges of allegedly using false number plates on his vehicle brought against Telkom CEO, Sipho Maseko wherein he allegedly incurred traffic fines to the value of R18,000 were withdrawn against him in the Wynberg Magistrates Court last week. He was not charged for e-tolls evasion.
It is also interesting to note that the case of using the same false number plates on his BMW Z4 and Harley Davidson motorcycle, “BALTY GP”, brought against former TMPD Deputy Chief, Ndumiso Jaca has still not been concluded, 4 years after the fact.
The fact that Mr Stoychev and his legal team decided to enter into this plea agreement with the State because he was in an undeniably weak position due to falsifying his number plates does not surprise us in the least.
While we fully expect SANRAL to capitalise on this seeming successful prosecution, using their usual smoke and mirrors tactics, it would be not be correct for anyone to assume that Mr Stoychev’s plea agreement and resulting conviction serves to demonstrate that not paying e-tolls while your number plates are genuine and are lawfully displayed will lead to a similar conviction.
Most people do not falsify their number plates and therefore could not be charged with fraud, the absence of which would then leave the matter of not paying e-tolls to be heard if the matter is defended instead of a plea agreement being reached.
JPSA remains of the opinion that non-payment of e-tolls should be prosecuted under the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act since it is catered for as a non-criminal infringement therein.
ENDS

Best Regards,

Howard Dembovsky
National Chairman - Justice Project South Africa (NPC)
Title: Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
Post by: chicco on September 10, 2015, 07:27:25 pm
What he did was wrong but what pisses me off is the fact that the connected useless communists can get away with it.

If you want to clone a number plate I suggest you go for this one.