List of Traffic Fines in South Africa



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What are the traffic fines in South Africa and how much could they cost you? Here is a comprehensive list of all fines and demerit points they attract.These include Speeding, Vehicle worthiness, Operator fitness, Driving signals, Rules of the road, and many more.

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Fines for Registration and licensing of motor vehicles

Violation
Fine
Pts
Motor vehicle not registered
R 1 000
3
Motor vehicle not licensed
R 1 000
3
Operating vehicle with special licence on public road
R 500
1
Motor vehicle with number plates not SABS approved
R 500
1
Motor vehicle displaying no number plates
Court
6
Motor vehicle displaying only one number plate
R 500
2
Motor vehicle with plates not applicable
Court
6
Motor vehicle with number plate obscured or illegible
R 250
0
Motor vehicle with both plates obscured or  illegible
Court
6
Licence disc not displayed
R 500
1
Licence disc obscured or illegible
R 500
1
Licence disc on trailer exposed to weather
R 500
1
Operator did not change address particulars
R 500
1
Operator did not change particulars of proxy
R 500
2
Disposing of unregistered or unlicensed vehicle or of a vehicle with no registration or licensing papers
R 1 000
3
Owner did not report motor vehicle stolen
R 500
1
Owner did not report motor vehicle permanently unfit for use
R 500
1
Motor vehicle does not have an engine number
Court
6
Used motor trade plate for other purposes than described
R 500
1
Motor trade plate not displayed or displayed incorrectly
R 500
1
Transport persons on goods on vehicle with special permit
R 500
1
Temporary or special permit not displayed correctly or illegible
R 500
1
Display temporary or special permit not applicable to motor vehicle
Court
6

Fines for Fitness of drivers

Violation Fine Pts
Driver not licensed R 1 250 4
Driver does not have licence with him in vehicle R 500 1
Driver did not disclose disqualification when applying for learner’s licence R 1 250 4
Driver fails to submit licence to licensing authorities of the onset of any disqualifying disability R 1 000 3
Driver did not notify authority of change of address R 500 1
Employ or permit unlicensed driver to drive vehicle R 1 250 4
Driver does not have professional driving permit R 1 250 4
Failed to produce PrDP to court R 1 000 3
Failed to produce licence to court R 500 1

Fines For Fitness of vehicles

Violation
Fine
Pts
Not displaying roadworthy certificate R 500
1
Operating motor vehicle without roadworthy certificate R 1 000 3
Operating vehicle on public road, contrary to notice to discontinue R 750 2
No emergency/parking brake on non-RWC vehicle R 750 2
No emergency/parking brake on RWC vehicle R 750 2
Parking brake inadequate on non-RWC vehicle R 500 1
Parking brake inadequate on RWC vehicle R 500 1
Brakes not in good working order on non-RWC vehicle R 500 1
Brakes not in good working order on RWC vehicle R 750 2
No airbrake warning device R 750 2
Steering gear unsafe or too much free play R 750 2
Illegal left-hand drive vehicle R 500 1
Horn not working properly R 250 0
Illegal window or windscreen R 250 0
No windscreen wiper R 250 0
Defective/no rearview mirror R 500 1
Defective fuel tank, pipes R 500 1
Defective/no fuel tank cap R 500 1
Electrical wiring not properly installed / maintained / insulated etc R 500 1
Engine not covered R 250 0
Inefficient/no silencer R 250 0
Excessive exhaust smoke R 250 0
Fumes in cab R 250 0
Oil dripping onto exhaust R 250 0
Illegal entrances and exits R 250 0
No reverse gear R 250 0
Worn, damaged or illegal tyres (per tyre) R 250 0
Missing seat belt R 500 1
Defective seat belt R 250 0
No speedometer R 500 1
Defective speedometer R 250 0
Defective/no wheel flaps R 250 0
No rear underrun bumper R 500 1
Defective/incorrectly fitted rear underrun bumper R 500 1
Illegal axle on semi-trailer R 500 1

Fines For Lighting and reflectors

Violation
Fine
Pts
Driving between sunset and sunrise without lights
R 750 2
Not using dipped beam with oncoming traffic
R 500 1
One rear or stop lamp not working on non-RWC vehicle
R 250 0
One rear or stop lamp not working on RWC vehicle
R 500 1
Two rear or stop lamps not working on non-RWC vehicle
R 500 1
Two rear or stop lamps not working on RWC vehicle
R 750 2
Lamps showing incorrect colour on non-RWC vehicle
R 500 1
Lamps showing incorrect colour on non-RWC vehicle
R 500 1
No chevron or incorrectly fitted
R 500 1
Chevron not SABS approved type
R 500 1
One direction indicator not working on non-RWC vehicle
R 100 0
One direction indicator not working on RWC vehicle
R 250 0
Both direction indicators not working on non-RWC vehicle
R 250 0
Both direction indicators not working on RWC vehicle
R 500 1

Fines for Vehicle and load dimensions and projection

Violation
Fine
Pts
Too long
R 500 1
Drawing more than two trailers
R 500 1
Too wide
R 500 1
Too high
R 500 1
Turning radius too great
R 500 1
Rear/front overhang too great
R 500 1
Load projects too far at front/rear/side
R 250 0
Load projection improperly marked
R 250 0

Fines for Taxis and buses

Violation
Fine
Pts
Overloading permissible number of passengers by:
1 to 5
R 500 1
6 to 10
R 1 000 3
11 or more
R 1 500 5
Bus overloading permissible number of passengers by:
1 to 10
R 500 1
10 to 15
R 1 000 3
16 or more
R 1 500 5
Not complying with regulations concerning the operation of vehicles carrying paying passengers
R 1 000 3

Fines for Loads on goods vehicles

Violation
Fine
Pts
Exceeding the permissible maximum massloads per axle, axle unit, axle group, vehicle or combination by:
Up to 3,99%
R 250
0
Between 4% and 5,99%
R 500
1
Between 6% and 7,99%
R 750
2
Between 8% and 9,99%
R 1 000
3
Between 10% and 11,99%
R 1 250
4
Between 12% and 13,99%
R 1 500
5
Above 13,99%
Court
6
Total vehicle mass exceeds 5 times the mass on drive axle by:
Up to 3,99%
R 250
0
Between 4% and 5,99%
R 500
1
Between 6% and 7,99%
R 750
2
Between 8% and 9,99%
R 1 000
3
Between 10% and 11,99%
R 1 250
4
Between 12% and 13,99%
R 1 500
5
Above 13,99%
Court
6
Mass on the steering axle of articulated vehicle is:
Between 8% and 10,9% of total mass
R 500
1
Between 4% and 7,9% of the total mass
R 1 000
3
Less than 4% of total mass
Court
6
Mass on the steering axle of rigid vehicle is:
Between 14% and 19,9% of total mass
R 500
1
Between 7% and 13,9% of the total mass
R 1 000
3
Less than 7% of total mass
Court
6
Load on one side of axle exceeds that on the other by:
Above 10% up to 20%
R 500
1
Above 20% up to 30%
R 1 000
3
Above 30%
Court
6
Incorrect/no (load data) information plate
R 500
2
Insecure load
R 1 000
3
Load coming into contact with road surface
R 1 000
3
Passengers carried in the goods compartment not safely enclosed
R 1 000
3

Fines for Operator fitness

Violation
Fine
Pts
Operator not registered
Court 6
Operator card not on windscreen
R 500 1
Operator did not notify authority of change in particulars
R 500 1
Operator did not report loss of card
R 500 1
Operator did not exercise proper control driver
R 1 250 4
Operator did not ensure that motor vehicle complies with fitness requirements
R 1 250 4
Operator did not conduct operations with due care and safety
R 1 250 4
Operator did not comply with dangerous goods requirements
R 1 250 4
Operator did not comply with loading requirements
R 1 250 4

Fines for Dangerous goods

Violation
Fine
Pts
No fire extinguisher
R 1 250
4
Incorrect or missing placarding
R 1 250
4
Did not remove placards on emptied packaged goods vehicle
R 1 250
4
Placards damaged or not clean or clearly visible
R 1 250
4
No danger warning diamond at front
R 1 250
4
Left vehicle unattended in an unsupervised area
R 1 250
4
Incorrect or missing transport emergency card/s or dangerous goods declaration/s
R 1 250
4
No designated space for documents
R 1 250
4
Did not ensure that load is compatible
R 1 250
4
Transport emergency card older than 3 years
R 1 250
4

Fines for Road traffic signs

Violation
Fine
Pts
Disobeying stop sign or robot with non-RWC vehicle
R 500
1
Disobeying stop sign or robot with RWC vehicle
R 750
2
Overtaking on a white line with non-RWC vehicle
R 500
1
Overtaking on a white line with RWC vehicle
R 750
1
Pedestrian or cyclist disobeyed regulatory sign
R 100
0

Speeding Fines

Violation
Fine
Pts
Exceeding the speed limit by:
11 km/h to 15 km/h
R 250
0
16 km/h to 20 km/h
R 500
1
21 km/h to 25 km/h
R 750
2
26 km/h to 30 km/h
R1 000
3
31 km/h to 35 km/h
R1 250
4
36 km/h to 40 km/h
R1 500
5
Above 40 km/h
Court
6

Lane discipline Fines

Violation
Fine
Pts
Failing to keep to the left
R 1 000
3
Driving on the wrong side or across a dividing strip or traffic island
R 1 000
3
Overtaking illegally on the left
R 1 000
3
Cutting in after overtaking
R 1 000
3
Overtaking on the shoulders or verge
R 1 000
3
Overtaking on a blind rise, a curve, or where view is restricted
R 1 000
3
Accelerating while being overtaken
R 1 000
3
Encroaching the right half of the road obstructing oncoming traffic
R 1 000
3
Passing a stationary bus without due care
R 500
1
Driving on shoulder when circumstances do not permit
R 500
1
Driving across a road when it is unsafe to do so
R 1 000
3
Entering a road when it is unsafe to do so
R 1 000
3
Obstructing other traffic while changing lanes
R 1 000
3
Failing to use indicators
R 500
1
Failing to indicate when changing lanes
R 500
1
Failing to yield to the right at a traffic island
R 750
2
Failing to keep left while making a left turn
R 750
2
Turning right while unsafe
R 750
2
Failing to keep left while making a right turn (cutting corner)
R 750
2

Stopping and parking Fines

Violation
Fine
Pts
Stopping or parking
Alongside/opposite another vehicle where road is less than 9 metres
R 1 000 3
Alongside or opposite an excavation or obstruction
R 1 000 3
At or within 6 metres of a bridge or tunnel
R 1 000 3
At or within 6 metres of narrow portion of road
R 1 000 3
Constituting a danger or obstruction
R 1 000 3
Within the railway reserve of level crossing
R 1 000 3
On the wrong side of the road
R 1 000 3
In contravention of a “no-stopping” sign
R 750 2
On a freeway illegally
R 500 1
Parking:
In contravention of any road sign
R 250 0
Double parked
R 250 0
At excavation or obstruction
R 250 0
Within the railway reserve of level crossing
R 250 0
Within 9 metres of an approach to pedestrian  crossing
R 250 0
Where width of road was constricted
R 250 0
Within tunnel or on a bridge
R 250 0
Obstructing a fire hydrant
R 250 0
Obstructing a traffic sign
R 250 0
On the sidewalk
R 250 0
On non-urban road within a metre of the edge
R 250 0
Blocking entrance to  public road
R 250 0
Within 5 metres of an urban intersection
R 250 0
On the actuating mechanism of a robot
R 250 0
Further than 450 mm from the kerb
R 250 0
On road less than 5,5 metres wide
R 250 0
On a traffic island or pedestrian mall
R 250 0

Towing fines

Violation
Fine
Pts
Towrope or towbar exceeds 3,5 metres
R 500
1
Towed vehicle not securely attached or not under control
R 500
1
No licensed person at the wheel of towed vehicle
R 500
1
Towing at over 30 km/h (unless a tow bar is used)
R 500
1
Conveying passengers illegally (over 30 km/h) in towed vehicle
R 500
1

Accident Fines

Violation
Fine
Pts
Failing to stop at an accident to ascertain injuries and assist
Court
6
Failing to stop where there is third party damage
R 1 000
3
Failing to report accident
R 1 000
3
Removing vehicle from accident involving injury or death without police authorization
R 750
2
Removing vehicle without the owner/driver’s permission
R 1 250
4

Reckless driving and driving under the influence Fines

Violation
Fine
Pts
Reckless driving
Court
6
Inconsiderate driving
R 250
0
Driving under the influence
Court
6
Blood alcohol level for:
Ordinary motorist not less than  0,05 g per 100 ml
Court
6
PrDP driver not less than 0,02 g per 100 ml
Court
6
Breath alcohol level for:
Ordinary motorist not less than 0,24 mg per 1 000 ml
Court
6
PrDP driver not less than 0,10 mg per 1 000 ml
Court
6
Smoked before blood/breath specimen was taken
R 1 250
4
Refusing to give blood or breath sample
R 1 500
5

Miscellaneous Fines

Violation
Fine
Pts
Failing to comply with traffic officer’s instructions
R 500
1
Unauthorised tampering with vehicle
Court
6
Furnishing false information
Court
6
False number plate
Court
6
Not wearing seatbelt
R 250
0
No warning triangle
R 500
1
Warning triangle not as prescribed
R 250
0
Warning triangle not displayed or displayed incorrectly
R 250
0
Reversing too far or dangerously
R 1 000
3
Following too closely
R 1 000
3
Permitting a person to occupy a position in a vehicle restricting the driver’s full control
R 1 000
3
Permitting a person to interfere with the steering or operating mechanism
R 1 000
3
Driver not positioned to exercise complete control of vehicle
R 1 000
3
Leaving vehicle unattended and unbraked
R 250
0
Pulling away from kerb before it is safe
R 500
1
Failing to give way to emergency vehicle sounding an alarm (eg ambulance or fire engine)
R 500
1
Part of driver’s body (elbow) protruding from moving vehicle
R 250
0
Allowing person on roof or step while in motion
R 250
0
Engine emitting smoke
R 250
0
Leaving engine running unattended
R 250
0
Spillage of oil petrol or rubbish
R 250
0
Running engine while filling up
R 250
0
Jumping on or off moving vehicle, endangering others
R 100
0
Driving on the sidewalk
R 500
1
Driving while using hand-held cell-phone
R 500
1
Excessive noise
R 250
0
Hooter used illegally
R 250
0
Failing to yield to pedestrian at crossing
R 500
1
Pedestrian moving into path of vehicle suddenly at crossing
R 100
0
Overtaking stationary vehicle at pedestrian crossing
R 500
1
Racing on public road
R 1 000
3
Driving in convoy during weekend
R 500
1
Wilful obstruction of traffic flow
R 750
2
Abandoned vehicle
R 500
1
Damaging public road
R 1 000
3
Using chocks between wheel and road
R 1 000
3
Trading illegally on public road
R 250
0