Traffic fines

Traffic fines in SA. Image by and Wikimedia Commons

Traffic fines that will cost you R1 000 or more

Here is a list of traffic fines that will cost offenders R1 000 or more. This is separate from the changes that the AARTO Act will bring.

Traffic fines

Traffic fines in SA. Image by and Wikimedia Commons

Are you aware of all the traffic violations relevant to the average motorist on South African roads? Here is a list of 26 traffic fines that will cost offenders R1 000 or more.

AARTO Act for drivers

The implementation of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act will bring about various changes for drivers in South Africa. It is currently in effect in the Johannesburg and Tshwane metropolitan municipalities, and is set to roll out nationally on 1 July 2024.

One of the biggest changes that AARTO will bring is the implementation of a points demerit system. Offending drivers will have points added to their licence and once the points balance reaches a specific threshold, the government may suspend or even revoke the person’s driver’s licence. The current prescribed threshold is 15 points.

It’s important to note that this will not exempt drivers from paying speeding fines that they have lawfully received. Also important to note is that AARTO and fines given by local or provincial authorities are two separate things.

Two types of traffic fines

There are two kinds of traffic fines, regardless of the violation:

  1. Section 56 notice
    Traffic officers give these to the motorist, usually for a moving violation. It has a court date on it.
  2. Section 341 notice
    The Traffic Department sends this to motorists by post for violations caught on traffic cameras or for tickets issued in the absence of the motorists (e.g. an expired licence).

South Africans are high traffic offenders

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service noted that it records an average of 3.6 million offences per year. That translates to around 9 863 traffic fines per day, according to Business Tech. These include speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, assaulting an officer, etc.

During the 2024 Easter weekend, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) issued 916 927 fines for various infringements such as driving without a licence, drunk driving, and providing false documents.

Fines that will cost you R1 000 or more

According to the latest fees from Foresight Publications, the following traffic offences will cost the offender R1 000 or more:

Refusing to give blood or breath sample when accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugsR1 500
Exceeding the speed limit by 26 km/h to 40km/hBetween R1 000 and R1 500
Smoking before blood/breath specimen is takenR1 250
Driving without a licence R1 250
Vehicle not registered or not licensedR1 000
Failing to report an accidentR1 000
Failing to keep to the left R1 000
Driving on the wrong side or across a dividing strip or traffic islandR1 000
Damaging a public road or racing on a public roadR1 000
Overtaking illegally on the left or overtaking on the shoulders or vergeR1 000
Cutting in after overtaking or accelerating while being overtakenR1 000
Encroaching the right half of the road, obstructing oncoming trafficR1 000
Overtaking on a blind rise, a curve, or where the view is restrictedR1 000
Using chocks between the wheel and the roadR1 000
Driving across or entering a road when it is unsafe to do soR1 000
Reversing too far or dangerously or following too closelyR1 000
Driver not positioned to exercise complete control of vehicleR1 000
Permitting a person to interfere with the steering or operating mechanismR1 000
Permitting a person to occupy a position in a vehicle restricting the driver’s full controlR1 000