Western Cape increases traffic fines by thousands

2014-06-11 14:24

Fines for some traffic offences in the Western Cape will increase, in some cases threefold, the province’s transport department said today.

The new fines were an attempt to improve road safety and compliance and would come into effect on August 1.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said the offences were divided into three categories.

Serious offences would cost an offender R5 000, up from R1 500.

Other driving offences would cost R3 000, an increase from the current R1 500 fine. Less serious offences would be increased from R500 to R1 500.

Drivers of unroadworthy vehicles, buses, or minibuses would be fined R3 000, up from R1 000. Inconsiderate drivers would be fined R2 500, up from R1 000.

Drivers who failed to stop at a scholar stop or level crossing would be fined R3 000, an increase from R500.

Fines for overloading would increase to between R750 and R5 000, from between R250 and R2 500.

“The threat of these fines will no doubt deter would-be errant motorists from engaging in irresponsible and dangerous behaviour on our roads,” he said.

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