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Fines and summonses: how to contest them
What are your rights when it comes to traffic fines and summonses? Firstly, there are two types of traffic fines: a Section 56 notice (which is given to you by a traffic officer) and a 341 traffic ticket (violation caught on camera or when a motorist isn’t present to be issued the ticket – i.e. the pink ticket you get when you park on a red line). There are ways to contest your traffic fine and you have the right to do so. This can be done in person or in writing.
IN WRITING Send a letter to your local traffic department, explaining your reason for the offense. Your letter can be sent via post or by fax.
IN PERSON According to the City of Cape Town, the other option is for you to contact the Public Prosecutor directly at the court that appears on your fine. If you have received a summons, do so before the date you are due to appear in court.
WHAT TO DO AT A ROADBLOCK
No-one likes to be pulled over at a roadblock, but it’s worth knowing your rights when it happens. The Automobile Association (AA) notes the following important facts for women to know about roadblocks.
DID YOU KNOW?
›› You’re entitled to ask a police officer, whether in uniform or not, to prove their identity. If an officer cannot provide an appointment of certificate on demand, he or she is in violation of the Criminal Procedure Act.
›› By law, you should always keep your driving licence on you when you are driving and an officer has the right to inspect it.
›› A male officer may not physically search a female, and vice versa.
›› An officer may not arrest or detain you for an outstanding fine for which there is no warrant of arrest.