A ‘love letter’ from the authorities…

The signal of blue lights flashing at you and blaring sound of sirens trailing you can be enough to put you in a state of panic. When you are driving to a certain place, the last thing you look forward to is getting pulled over by a police officer. After handing the traffic officer your driver’s licence and getting checked for unpaid fines – then BOOM! A pricey ‘’loved letter’’ from the authorities makes its way to your hands, well, that is if you’re unlucky.

Here are some of the things that could earn you one of those pricey “letters”:

  • Driving a vehicle that is not roadworthy and/or without a Roadworthy Certificate (where applicable);
  • Driving a vehicle that is overloaded/exceeds the permitted load requirements;
  • Driving without a licence, the correct driving permit;
  • Organising or taking part in a road race/sport without permission from the authorities;
  • Reckless driving without the consideration of other road users;
  • Disregarding road signs and rules;
  • Driving over the speed limit;
  • Failing to comply with instructions given by a traffic offer.

The world of traffic fines is very often a complicated one as there are many strict rules and regulations that govern how it all works– most of which many of us are unaware of. For instance, did you know that:

  • When it comes to traffic fines, the act stipulates that if the alleged infringement is captured on camera, the motorist will need to receive a notice of offence within 30 days. If the notice is generated on the 31st day, the traffic fine is deemed unlawful and invalid;
  • If you have been issued a traffic fine, you are responsible for requesting a photograph of your vehicle. The image needs to show your vehicle in a clear manner – if there is more than one other car within the image, travelling at the same speed as your vehicle, you are able to dispute the validity of the fine. On perusal, if authorities find that there are too many vehicles to accurately determine an offender, the fine will be invalid;
  • If you are issued a fine by a corrupt traffic officer who asks for (or implies) bribery, or happens to threaten you, the fine will be invalid. Read more on invalid traffic fines.
  • If you pay your traffic fine within 32 days of receiving it, you will get a 50% discount on the fine charge;
  • You are not obliged to pay outstanding traffic fines at roadblocks. However, you can get arrested for outstanding fines, provided that there is a warrant for your arrest.
  • If you receive a section 56 notice, you have 30 days to pay the fine. If you receive a section 341 notice, you have approximately three months to pay the fine.

However, there are those times when you will feel compelled to dispute your fine if you feel you’ve done nothing wrong. It is always wise to know your options when it comes to disputing questionable traffic fines.

Feeling overwhelmed by all these rules and regulations? Give yourself a break and get an online car insurance quote.

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