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.
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
Driving an unlicensed vehicle
Driving a vehicle with licence plate not visible
Driving without a driving licence
Driving without a seat belt
Driving while holding and using a cellphone
Skipping a stop sign (light vehicles)
Skipping a stop sign (buses, trucks)
Skipping a red light (light vehicles)
Skipping a red light (buses, trucks)
Failing to yield to a pedestrian
Overtaking across a barrier line (light vehicles)
Overtaking across a barrier line (buses, trucks)
Overloading a vehicle with max 56,000kg combination mass by 12-13.99%
Driving 81-85km/h in a 60km/h zone
Driving 106-110km/h in an 80km/h zone
Driving 121-125km/h in a 100km/h zone
Driving 131-135km/h in a 100km/h zone
Driving 131-135km/h in a 120km/h zone
Driving 141-145km/h in a 120km/h zone
Driving 151-155km/h in a 120km/h zone
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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