Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register

Author Topic: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case  (Read 3267 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Fearless

  • Shop Mods
  • Member
  • *
  • Bike: Kawasaki KLR 650
    Location: Kwazulu Natal
  • Posts: 498
Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
« Reply #20 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.
Ek is as gevolg van wat ek glo. 2006 Suzuki Burgman 400, 2010 Honda Transalp 700AV.
 

Offline chicco

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Other
  • Posts: 4,880
  • Thanked: 72 times
  • Revolution or death........
Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2015, 03:36:30 pm »
wonder what happened?
KLR650, KTM 950, KTM 990, HONDA CRF 230, KTM 990S
 

Offline chicco

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Other
  • Posts: 4,880
  • Thanked: 72 times
  • Revolution or death........
Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
« Reply #22 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.
KLR650, KTM 950, KTM 990, HONDA CRF 230, KTM 990S
 

Online Bundu

  • Forum Whore
  • ****
  • Bike: KTM 1290 Super Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 8,487
  • Thanked: 195 times
Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2015, 04:03:24 pm »
for a scientist, the guy was stupid - should have just taken his plates off
 

Offline T Rex

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 1,894
Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2015, 05:28:34 pm »
 :sip:
 

Online Bundu

  • Forum Whore
  • ****
  • Bike: KTM 1290 Super Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 8,487
  • Thanked: 195 times
Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
« Reply #25 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)
 

Offline chicco

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Other
  • Posts: 4,880
  • Thanked: 72 times
  • Revolution or death........
Re: Fake plates lead to 1907 charges - e toll court case
« Reply #26 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.
« Last Edit: September 10, 2015, 07:32:55 pm by chicco »
KLR650, KTM 950, KTM 990, HONDA CRF 230, KTM 990S