Traffic Fines: City of Cape Town
All traffic violations that take place in the City of Cape Town – the Cape Metropolitan area, Blaauwberg, Cape Town CBD, Helderberg, Oostenberg, South Peninsula and Tygerberg – are dealt with by the City of Cape Town's Municipal Traffic Departments. These include the Atlantis, Durbanville, Elsies River, Helderberg, Milnerton, Oostenberg, Ottery Hill and Parow traffic departments. Violations that take place in other areas are dealt with by the relevant municipality's traffic department.
Call the traffic inquiries section during office hours (Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 15:30) on 0860 103 089. If you would like a printout of your fine, you will have to go to the traffic department in person.
To update your details please fax your new address (physical and postal), along with a copy of your ID, to Motor Vehicle Registrations on 021 419 1676. Mark it for the attention of the Correspondence Department or call Motor Vehicle Registrations on 0860 103 089.
You can get one of two kinds of fines, regardless of the traffic violation:
If the camera fine's notice number starts with a "9" or a "4", you can view it online.
To view your photos you will need to know:
Camera fines that start with "2" can only be viewed at Parow Traffic, Oostenberg Traffic, Helderberg Traffic, Milnerton Traffic South Peninsula Traffic and Cape Town Traffic between 08:30 and 15:00.
If you wish to dispute a fine, you may submit a written representation to the Traffic Manager at email@example.com. This letter must be accompanied with a copy of your fine. You can also fax this letter to 086 293 8189.
Violations that take place in other areas are dealt with by the relevant municipality's traffic department. A list of the local municipalities along with their contact details is available under local government on the Western Cape Government’s website.
Your letter will then sent by the Traffic Manager to the relevant court, where it will be received by the Public Prosecutor at the court, who will review your fine and send it back to the Traffic Manager. The entire process takes up to six weeks.
You can also contact the Public Prosecutor directly at the court that appears on your fine. If you have received summons you should contact the Public Prosecutor before the date you are due to appear in court.
If you are paying before the due date, you can pay your traffic fine by cheque, cash or postal order:
If you wish to pay on or after the due date, you can do so by cash or bank-guaranteed cheque at the court mentioned on the fine (find the address at municipal courts). You will have to make the payment in person no longer than 14 days after the due date. On the 14th day, your case will appear in court.
If you do not wish to pay your fine you will have to appear in court, in person, on your court date to argue your case. If you are not there to argue your case, a warrant for your arrest will automatically be issued.
Payments can be made online.
If you are a First National Bank customer, however, you can pay your fine at any FNB ATM using your fine reference number.
Depending on whether you have been issued a Section 56 notice or a 341 Traffic Ticket, you have between 30 days and four months to pay your traffic fine.
A Section 56 notice means you have about 30 days to pay before your case goes to court.
If you receive a 341 Traffic Ticket, you have 30 days before the Traffic Department will issue a "Notice Before Summons", after which you will have another 30 days before the summons will actually be issued.
After the summons is issued, you have another 30 days to pay your fine to the Traffic Department. After the 30 days have passed, you have another 14 days of grace in which you can pay your fine at the court mentioned on the summons.
So in total, you have approximately four months to pay your traffic fine after receiving a 341 ticket.
If, for example, the traffic fine has been issued in error you may plead your case in court on the court date of your summons.
If you do not go to court to argue your case, a warrant for your arrest will automatically be issued and you will be charged with being in contempt of court.
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