Receiving a traffic fine is always a pain in anyone’s backside. But, the truth is, they are there to protect not only you but every driver on the road.
So, how much should we be paying for a traffic fine? And, are there degrees of infringements for the same offence?
10 years ago, a motorcyclist was charged R100 000 after he clocked up an astounding 297km/h on a road near Port Shepstone. Similarly, a Gauteng motorist who was caught almost doubling the speed limit (216 km/h in a 120km/h zone) was given a R40 000 fine, as well as six-month suspension of his driving licence.
A story in 2014 indicated Cape Town’s worst traffic offender; a taxi owner who had racked up R110 700 in outstanding traffic fines. He was caught when he tried to renew his vehicle licence at the Greenpoint Traffic Department.
So, How Much Should You Pay For Everyday Fines?
Yes, there are in fact pre-determined fines (as supplied by the Western Cape Government and the RTIA). Take a look at these below.
Please note, a traffic fine amount may vary from province to province.
|Operated a vehicle of which the total combination mass as determined by the vehicle manufacturer has been exceeded by 1,601-1,800kg (Vehicle <3,500kg)||R5000|
|Axle mass load as determined by the SABS or tyre manufacturer has been exceeded by 1601-1800kg (Vehicle <3500kg)||R5000|
|Passed a vehicle at an unsafe place||R3500|
|No Roadworthy Certificate. Bus/Midibus/Minibus||R3500|
|Organised / Taking part in a Race/Sport on a public road without permission||R3000|
|No Professional Driving Category P Permit. (Pdrp)||R3000|
|Operate unroadworthy motor vehicle||R3000|
|Disregard No Overtaking||R2500|
|Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users||R2500|
|Employing /Permitting an Unlicensed C/EC Driver to drive a motor vehicle||R2500|
|Disregard Yield Pedestrian Sign||R2000|
|Fail to comply with instruction, direction or obstruct, hindered, interfere Traffic Officer||R1500|
|Fail to stop vehicle on command of Traffic Officer||R1500|
|Overloading a vehicle with max 56,000kg combination mass by 12-13.99%||R1500|
|Employing /Permitting an Unlicensed Driver to drive a motor vehicle||R1500|
|156-160km/h in a 120km/h zone||R1500|
|151-155km/h in a 120km/h zone||R1250|
|Driving without a driving licence||R1250- R200|
|Disregard Stop / Yield||R1000|
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