Traffic fines in South Africa range from a few hundred rand to the tens of thousands, depending on the infringement you commit.
In 2007 on the N2 near Port Shepstone, traffic officers clocked a motorcyclist doing 295km/h – he was subsequently fined R100,000 after police caught up to him after he stopped his Suzuki GSX-R1100.
In 2011, a Gauteng motorist who was caught travelling at 216 km/h in a 120km/h zone and was given a R40,000 fine and his driving licence was suspended for six months.
These cases were overseen by a magistrate’s court, which takes multiple factors into account before determining the sentence.
For the everyday fines which are not determined by a court, there are predetermined amounts set.
This is based on information from the Western Cape Government and the RTIA.
Traffic Fines in South Africa
|Operated a vehicle of which the total combination mass as determined by the vehicle manufacturer has been exceeded by 1,601-1,800kg (Vehicle <3,500kg)||R5,000|
|Axle massload as determined by the SABS or tyre manufacturer has been exceeded by 1,601-1,800kg (Vehicle <3,500kg)||R5,000|
|Passed a vehicle at an unsafe place||R3,500|
|No Roadworthy Certificate. Bus/Midibus/Minibus||R3,500|
|Organised / Taking part in a Race/Sport on a public road without permission||R3,000|
|No Professional Driving Category P Permit. (Pdrp)||R3,000|
|Operate unroadworthy motor vehicle||R3,000|
|Disregard No Overtaking||R2,500|
|Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users||R2,500|
|Employing /Permitting an Unlicensed C/EC Driver to drive a motor vehicle||R2,500|
|Disregard Yield Pedestrian Sign||R2,000|
|Fail to comply with instruction, direction or obstruct, hindered, interfere Traffic Officer||R1,500|
|Fail to stop vehicle on command of Traffic Officer||R1,500|
|Overloading a vehicle with max 56,000kg combination mass by 12-13.99%||R1,500|
|Employing /Permitting an Unlicensed Driver to drive a motor vehicle||R1,500|
|156-160km/h in a 120km/h zone||R1,500|
|151-155km/h in a 120km/h zone||R1,250|
|Driving without a driving licence||R1,250 – R2,000|
|Disregard Stop / Yield||R1,000|
Traffic fines may vary in different provinces.