Fitness of vehicle violations

Cars being tested for Fitness of vehicle violations. Picture: Mpumalanga traffic department.

Fitness of vehicle violations: How much you’ll pay in fines

Here are all the fitness of vehicle violations in SA and the fines you’ll pay if caught.

Fitness of vehicle violations

Cars being tested for Fitness of vehicle violations. Picture: Mpumalanga traffic department.

As of last year, the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) has been clamping down on unroadworthy/modified vehicles. On top of adding new license and registration penalties to South Africa’s traffic fine system, there are tens of Fitness of Vehicle violations you should be aware of.

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There are currently 2 659 offences listed on the AARTO website, click the link HERE to check the fine amounts.

As a reminder on the driver demerit points system, after years of legal wrangling, the AARTO Act has been upheld in the Constitutional Court. Declared constitutionally valid on Wednesday 12 July 2023, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo upheld the contentions that the AARTO Act falls within the functional area of ‘road traffic regulation’.

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After many false starts it appears the path is finally clear for the driver demerit system to come online. Motorists can accumulate 15 demerit points on their license before it is suspended. An expired license can only be suspended twice before it is cancelled.


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Traffic officers on the look out for fitness of vehicle violations. Picture: File.

Here’s a list of the AARTO Fitness of Vehicle violations, including their fines and demerit points. Some of the violations might surprise you, so read through the list carefully to see if your vehicle complies.

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If you get pulled over or stopped and traffic officers believe your car is in an unfit condition, this is what you’ll pay:


Not displaying roadworthy certificate (RWC)R5001
Operating vehicle without RWCR1 0003
Operating vehicle contrary to notice to discontinueR7502
No emergency/parking brake on vehicleR7502
Parking brake inadequate on vehicleR5001
Brakes not in good working orderR7502
Steering gear unsafe or too much free playR7202
Illegal left-hand drive vehicleR5001
Hooter not working properlyR2500
Illegal window or windscreenR2500
No windscreen wiperR2500
Defective/no rearview mirrorR5001
Defective fuel tank, pipesR5001
Defective/no fuel tank capR5001
Electrical wiring not properly installedR5001
Engine not coveredR2500
Inefficient/no silencerR2500
Excessive exhaust smokeR2500
Oil dripping onto exhaustR2500
No reverse gearR2500
Worn, damaged or illegal tyres (per tyre)R2500
Missing seat beltR5001
Defective seat beltR2500
No speedometerR5001
Defective speedometerR2500

If you want to check the status of infringement notices issued against you, visit the website:

  • Click on Query my Fine.
  • Provide your ID number and driving license number.
  • Juristic entities can provide their business register number and the ID number of a proxy.