Always check that a traffic fine has been issued within 30 days of the offence. If it isn’t, it’s illegal and you don’t have to pay it. Are you paying unnecessarily for fines?

Always check that a traffic fine has been issued within 30 days of the offence. If it isn’t it’s illegal and you don’t have to pay it. Are you paying unnecessarily for fines?

reported that National Prosecuting Authority deputy head Jan Henning SC said a fine was valid if it was issued within 30 days of the offence. He said some motorists contest fines and magistrates and state prosecutors usually scrap fines if they were issued more than 30 days after the offence. This goes for camera fines and parking fines.

Henning said many motorists paid the fines and did not know their rights. "In fairness, nobody would be able to remember months after an alleged offence whether they were indeed driving on the specific road, on the specific date and time,” he said.

However, the newspaper pointed out that it is legal for a summons to be served on motorists later than 30 days.

Traffic fines are also withdrawn if the fine is contested and the issuing officers do not appear in court during the first appearance. Cases may only be postponed if the officer is on sick leave, not normal leave.

It was reported last week that fines are also often withdrawn because of mistakes on the document. Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions George Baloyi told a newspaper that fines that are contested are cancelled because they do not list the transgression or have incorrect details.

"The director of public prosecutions will have to bring the problem of the quality of the metro police's fines to attention at a high level," Baloyi said.

Recently a traffic fine issued by the Tshwane Metro police was withdrawn in court because of 10 mistakes on the form.

Original article from Car