Increases in traffic fines

2017-12-20 06:00

PIETERMARITZBURG motorists caught breaking the rules of the road now have to dig a lot deeper into their pockets to pay admission of guilt fines. The latest fine schedule was approved and took effect on December 1.


• Ignoring a road traffic sign prohibiting overtaking now attracts an admission of guilt fine of R2 500. Previously it was R250;

• Failing to comply with an instruction/direction from a traffic officer has more than doubled, from R1 000 to R2 500;

• Jumping a red traffic light is up from R1 500 to R2 500;

• Speaking on a cellphone while driving is now R1 500. It had been R700;

• Operating a motor vehicle which is not roadworthy is up from R1 000 to R1 500;

• Operating a bus without the required roadworthy certificate is up from R1 000 to R2 000;

• A significant increase, from R500 to R2 000, is for operating a mini-bus designed or adapted for the conveyance of more than 12 persons without a roadworthy certificate; • Operating a motor vehicle used for the conveyance of persons for reward without a roadworthy certificate has also gone up, from R1 000 to R2 000;

• Failing to stop at a stop sign at a railway crossing has jumped from R500 to R1 500.

• There was a reduction: failing to carry a driver’s licence A or B/EB has come down from R250 to R200.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokeswoman, Zinhle Mngomezulu, said the previous fine schedule was updated in 2004. She added that the province wanted to have a uniform fine schedule and the new list was sent to magistrates across the province for approval so it could be implemented in their districts.

“If a person is fined at Nqutu, for example, or if a person is fined at Pieter­maritzburg, the same admission of guilt fine should apply.”

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswoman, Thobeka Mafumbatha, said its officers were “obliged” to follow the schedule.

The changes were prompted in part by an article on lawlessness on Pietermaritzburg roads that appeared in Weekend Witness last month.

The piece highlighted traffic offences and prompted the city’s magistrate’s court to look into how to address the problem.

This resulted in the senior chief magistrate approving an amended fine schedule.



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