Your rights on the road


Make sure the law is on your side. Know your rights when you’re pulled over.

As the Festive Season kicks off, it’s great to see more and more Metro Police officers on the roads. For that reason, it’s important to know the fines you will pay for breaking the laws that govern the roads, as well as the laws that will get you arrested. On the other hand, it’s important to know when an officer may be pushing his luck. Whatever the case, when it comes to the law, you have the power to make the right choices, especially with Legal&Tax by your side.  

Traffic offenses:

A list of offences that will get you a fine, according to the Road Traffic Infringement Agency, can be seen below:

Driving an unregistered vehicle

R500

Driving an unlicensed vehicle

R500

Driving a vehicle with licence plate not visible

R500

Driving without a driving licence

R1,250

Driving without a seat belt

R250

Driving while holding and using a cellphone

R500

Skipping a stop sign (light vehicles)

R500

Skipping a stop sign (buses, trucks)

R750

Skipping a red light (light vehicles)

R500

Skipping a red light (buses, trucks)

R750

Failing to yield to a pedestrian

R500

Overtaking across a barrier line (light vehicles)

R500

Overtaking across a barrier line (buses, trucks)

R750

Overloading a vehicle with max 56,000kg combination mass by 12-13.99%

R1,500

Driving 81-85km/h in a 60km/h zone

R750

Driving 106-110km/h in an 80km/h zone

R1,000

Driving 121-125km/h in a 100km/h zone

R750

Driving 131-135km/h in a 100km/h zone

R1,250

Driving 131-135km/h in a 120km/h zone

R250

Driving 141-145km/h in a 120km/h zone

R750

Driving 151-155km/h in a 120km/h zone

R1,250

Criminal offenses:

When it comes to criminal offenses, under AARTO (Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences) regulations, the following acts can result in your arrest:

Driving under influence of intoxicating substance

Driving 100km/h+ in a 60km/h zone

Driving 120km/h+ in an 80km/h zone

Driving 140km/h+ in a 100km/h zone

Driving 160km/h+ in a 120km/h zone

What can’t you be arrested for?

Be aware that, despite what people say, you can’t be arrested for failing to:

  • Wear a seatbelt

  • Display a valid licence disc on your windscreen

  • Have your driver’s licence with you

Remember: With Legal&Tax by your side, you can be sure that if your arrest is unlawful, a lawyer will be there to help you, every step of the way.

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As seen on BusinessTech.co.za