There are two types of traffic fines:
A Section 56 notice of the Criminal Procedure Act is issued by a traffic officer on the spot. This usually involves an offence that happens while the vehicle is moving. The notice includes a pay date as well as a court date.
You have fourteen days to pay your fine or appeal in court on the given date. If you do not appear in court, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.
The second is a Section 341 notice, which is issued when the motorist is not around. These could be for parking in a loading zone or in a yellow/red demarcated lane.
They are also for expired licence discs.
A section 341 notice is also sent by post for violations caught on traffic camera. You have thirty days to pay this fine before a notice of summons is issued, after which you have a further thirty days to pay before a summons with a court date is sent to you.
If you have been issued with a warrant of arrest for not showing up in court, chances are they have given you Admin Marks. Admin Marks to your name means you will not be able to renew your car licence, nor your driving licence.
Failure to appear in court is seen as being in contempt of court and the Magistrate will want you to appear in court to answer for the contempt of court charge as well as your unpaid violations.
Depending on how many unpaid traffic fines you have amassed and for how long they have been there – chances are pretty good that you are either due in court or you have missed it.
There is no way to renew a licence disk while there is a warrant for your arrest.
If you have fresh fines and have not yet been issued with a warrant for your arrest, the system still allows you to renew your licence disc.
If you have fines outstanding from a few months ago and you have been taking back roads to work in order to evade roadblocks, the system will show that you were due to appear in court, did not show up, and may not renew anything at all. It is then your duty as a law-abiding citizen to query this in court and settle your bill.
Is There Any Way Around It?
There are a few options one could try online.
FNB’s new expansion on the Nav tool, the Nav Car smart solution has become quite popular. It allows drivers to renew their licence disc by scanning the licence disc barcode with their smartphones. They can then pay for renewal via in-app payments and the new licence disc is delivered right to your door.
If you don’t bank with FNB, somebody who does can always renew your licence disc on your behalf.
FNB nav, Chief Imagineer (CEO), Jolandé Duvenage responded when asked if the Nav Car app could block anybody with outstanding fines from renewing their licence disc:
“There are no limitations on the app that would prevent a customer from submitting a new licence renewal request. As per the disclaimer displayed to all customers, it is advised that, should your record at the local licensing authorities show unpaid traffic fines/ unpaid licence fees for any vehicles registered to you, or an active warrant of arrest issued against you, the licensing authorities may elect to block your license renewal as an enforcement process. In that instance, you may have to attend to the renewal personally at your local licensing authority offices. FNB will unfortunately not be able to navigate your licence renewal until all is in order.”
Issued by CompareGuru