Unsummoned traffic fines cancelled after 18 months

2017-09-21 06:00

MOTORISTS with traffic fines older than 18 months will be getting a reprieve soon, thanks to an instruction from the National Prosecuting Authority.

The NPA said in a statement last week that in terms of The Criminal Procedure’s Act all outstanding traffic fines that have not been summoned for longer than 18 months should be cancelled.

These fines the prosecuting authority said usually included something that was caught on camera or left on a car window and was not summoned for more than 18 months.

Speaking to Talk 702 NPA traffic criminologist Dr Lawrence Barratt said where summons had been issued, two years would be given for the fines to be cancelled.

“If a summons has been issued, remember that a summons has a life of two years.

And if nothing happens for the period of two years from the date of the offence, then the summon is off or cancelled,” said Barrat, adding that the prosecutor could, however, still revives cases of “serial offenders”.

He said the instruction applied to motorists countrywide with the exception of those subject to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, which applies in Johannesburg and Tshwane.

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