DO YOU HAVE TRAFFIC FINES? LEARN WHAT MAKES A TRAFFIC FINE ILLEGAL

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DO YOU HAVE TRAFFIC FINES? LEARN WHAT MAKES A TRAFFIC FINE ILLEGAL
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South Africa:

What Constitutes a Flawed Fine?

The number of illegal fines has not been disclosed. Yet, it is thought to be in the thousands. Johannesburg Metro Police issued 5.3 million traffic fines from 2015 to 2016.

Tshwane Metro Police issued 1.1 million in the same period. It is thought that a large percentage of these have been issued illegally.

Chances are that you could be sitting with a few of them.

So, what makes a fine illegal?



What do you need to look out for to check if your fine has been issued illegally?

  • The notification of the fine was not issued within 40 days of the alleged transgression;
  • Notices were not sent by registered post or issued to the alleged transgressor in person;
  • Fines referred to the RTIA were not processed;
  • Accused transgressors elected to be tried in court, but the cases were not heard speedily;

  • Transgressors failed to respond to infringement notices and the RTIA failed to issue a courtesy letter within 64 days;
  • Alleged transgressors failed to respond to courtesy letters and the RTIA failed to issue an enforcement order;
  • The RTIA failed to process representations; and
  • The RTIA was inconsistent in its response to similar representations relating to similar circumstances.


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