Paying traffic fines in the Western Cape | Western Cape Government

Paying traffic fines in the Western Cape

How to pay your traffic fine

Traffic fines are issued when road users don't obey the rules of the road. Speeding is especially seen as a life-threatening offence and therefore usually receives harsher fines. It’s easy to avoid traffic fines. All you need to do is be safe and obey the rules of the road.
Different types of fines

    There are 2 types of traffic fines:

    1. Section 56 notice:  A section 56 notice is issued by a traffic officer and usually involves an offence that happened while the vehicle was moving. You have 14 days to pay and will need to attend court on the appointed date, which will be within 4 months.
    2. Section 341 traffic ticket: You have 30 days to pay before a notice of summons is issued, after which you have a further 30 days to pay before a summons with a court date is sent to you.

    A 341 notice is sent to a motorist by post for violations caught on a traffic camera. It doesn't have a court date on it but is a first of 2 notices before the summons. If you fail to pay your fine after the notice, you'll receive a summons. If you pay your fine you won't receive a summons. 

    To avoid facing legal action, it is recommended that you pay your traffic fine on or before the due date, using any of the following methods. 

    1. Online at

    Once you're registered on payCity, you will be able to view and pay your fines for the following areas in the Western Cape:

    • City of Cape Town
    • Paarl
    • Beaufort West
    • Laingsburg
    • Hessequa
    • George
    • Breede Valley
    • Theewaterskloof

    1. Municipal traffic departments

    Each municipality handles traffic fines in its jurisdiction. It's your right to view speed-camera photos and dispute, in writing, any traffic fine you may receive.

    All municipalities accept cheques and postal orders by post. For safety, cash should be paid in person.

    Some municipalities accept online bank transfers or have an online facility to view photos and make payments. Please refer to each municipality's traffic fines page, listed below, to find the best way to pay your fine.

    1. Banks

    To pay your traffic fine at one of the banks listed below, you need to be a customer at the respective bank and can pay via online banking, cellphone banking or at your nearest branch.

    If you are an Absa customer, simply choose the payment channel that suits you best – Absa Online, cellphone banking your nearest branch or Absa ATM – and if you are not an existing customer, you can pay by visiting any Absa branch.

    Please note that this payment option currently only applies to fines obtained in certain municipalities.

    Standard banks’ Internet banking traffic fine payment service works just like an electronic account payment. It's a simple and secure way to pay traffic fines with little effort.Traffic Officer

    You can make a payment anytime, anywhere with FNB’s online banking, cellphone banking by dialing*120*321# or at an FNB ATM

    1. Any City cash office (cash, debit/credit cards and postal orders)
    2. A few supermarkets have EasyPay pay-points such as:
    • Pick n Pay supermarkets, hypermarkets, family stores and selected mini markets nationwide.
    • Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores nationwide.
    • Lewis Stores, Best Electric.
    • Selected Spar (Kwikpay) outlets.

    Pay traffic fines in a summons stage

    If you've been issued with a summons for not paying your fine, but would like to pay it before your court date, you have 2 payment options.

    1. You can pay it at your nearest Municipal court (cash, cheque or postal order).
    2. You can pay it at any municipal court or traffic department.

    Dispute a traffic fine

    You can dispute your traffic fines in court on the day specified in your summons to make your argument and give reasons for not paying your fine on time. 

    Review your fines

    • SMS your SA ID number to 39541 to view your fines (R2 per SMS)
    • Call the traffic enquiries section during office hours (Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm) on 0860 034 637. If you would like a printout of your fine, you'll have to go to the traffic department in person.
    The content on this page was last updated on 23 January 2020