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The new traffic demerit system

Registration and licensing of motor vehicles

Violation
Fine
Pts
Motor vehicle not registered
R 1 000
3
Motor vehicle not licensed
R 1 000
3
Operating vehicle with special licence on public road
R 500
1
Motor vehicle with number plates not SABS approved
R 500
1
Motor vehicle displaying no number plates
Court
6
Motor vehicle displaying only one number plate
R 500
2
Motor vehicle with plates not applicable
Court
6
Motor vehicle with number plate obscured or illegible
R 250
0
Motor vehicle with both plates obscured or illegible
Court
6
Licence disc not displayed
R 500
1
Licence disc obscured or illegible
R 500
1
Licence disc on trailer exposed to weather
R 500
1
Operator did not change address particulars
R 500
1
Operator did not change particulars of proxy
R 500
2
Disposing ofunregistered or unlicensed vehicle or of a vehicle with no registration or licensing papers
R 1 000
3
Owner did not report motor vehicle stolen
R 500
1
Owner did not report motor vehicle permanently unfit for use
R 500
1
Motor vehicle does not have an engine number
Court
6
Used motor trade plate for other purposes than described
R 500
1
Motor trade plate not displayed or displayed incorrectly
R 500
1
Transport persons on goods on vehicle with special permit
R 500
1
Temporary or special permit not displayed correctly or illegible
R 500
1
Display temporary or special permit not applicable to motor vehicle
Court
6

Fitness of drivers

Violation
Fine
Pts
Driver not licensed
R 1 250
4
Driver does not have licence with him in vehicle
R 500
1
Driver did not disclose disqualification when applying for learner’s licence
R 1 250
4
Driver failsto submit licence to licensing authorities of the onset of any disqualifying disability
R 1 000
3
Driver did not notify authority of change of address
R 500
1
Employ or permit unlicensed driver to drive vehicle
R 1 250
4
Driver does not have professional driving permit
R 1 250
4
Failed to produce PrDP to court
R 1 000
3
Failed to produce licence to court
R 500
1

Fitness of vehicles

Violation
Fine
Pts
Not displaying roadworthy certificate
R 500
1
Operating motor vehicle without roadworthy certificate
R 1 000
3
Operating vehicle on public road, contrary to notice to discontinue
R 750
2
No emergency/parking brake on non-RWC vehicle
R 750
2
No emergency/parking brake on RWC vehicle
R 750
2
Parking brake inadequate on non-RWC vehicle
R 500
1
Parking brake inadequate on RWC vehicle
R 500
1
Brakes not in good working order on non-RWC vehicle
R 500
1
Brakes not in good working order on RWC vehicle
R 750
2
No airbrake warning device
R 750
2
Steering gear unsafe or too much free play
R 750
2
Illegal left-hand drive vehicle
R 500
1
Horn not working properly
R 250
0
Illegal window or windscreen
R 250
0
No windscreen wiper
R 250
0
Defective/no rearview mirror
R 500
1
Defective fuel tank, pipes
R 500
1
Defective/no fuel tank cap
R 500
1
Electrical wiring not properly installed / maintained / insulated etc
R 500
1
Engine not covered
R 250
0
Inefficient/no silencer
R 250
0
Excessive exhaust smoke
R 250
0
Fumes in cab
R 250
0
Oil dripping onto exhaust
R 250
0
Illegal entrances and exits
R 250
0
No reverse gear
R 250
0
Worn, damaged or illegal tyres (per tyre)
R 250
0
Missing seat belt
R 500
1
Defective seat belt
R 250
0
No speedometer
R 500
1
Defective speedometer
R 250
0
Defective/no wheel flaps
R 250
0
No rear underrun bumper
R 500
1
Defective/incorrectly fitted rear underrun bumper
R 500
1
Illegal axle on semi-trailer
R 500
1

Lighting and reflectors

Violation
Fine
Pts
Driving between sunset and sunrise without lights
R 750
2
Not using dipped beam with oncoming traffic
R 500
1
One rear or stop lamp not working on non-RWC vehicle
R 250
0
One rear or stop lamp not working on RWC vehicle
R 500
1
Two rear or stop lamps not working on non-RWC vehicle
R 500
1
Two rear or stop lamps not working on RWC vehicle
R 750
2
Lamps showing incorrect colour on non-RWC vehicle
R 500
1
Lamps showing incorrect colour on non-RWC vehicle
R 500
1
No chevron or incorrectly fitted
R 500
1
Chevron not SABS approved type
R 500
1
One direction indicator not working on non-RWC vehicle
R 100
0
One direction indicator not working on RWC vehicle
R 250
0
Both direction indicators not working on non-RWC vehicle
R 250
0
Both direction indicators not working on RWC vehicle
R 500
1

Vehicle and load dimensions and projection

Violation
Fine
Pts
Too long
R 500
1
Drawing more than two trailers
R 500
1
Too wide
R 500
1
Too high
R 500
1
Turning radius too great
R 500
1
Rear/front overhang too great
R 500
1
Load projects too far at front/rear/side
R 250
0
Load projection improperly marked
R 250
0

Taxis and buses

Violation
Fine
Pts
Overloading permissible number of passengers by:
1 to 5
R 500
1
6 to 10
R 1 000
3
11 or more
R 1 500
5
Bus overloading permissible of passengers by:
1 to 10
R 500
1
10 to 15
R 1 000
3
16 or more
R 1 500
5
Not complyingwith regulations concerning the operation of vehicles carrying paying passengers
R 1 000
3

Loads on goods vehicles

Violation
Fine
Pts
Exceeding thepermissible maximum massloads per axle, axle unit, axle group, vehicle or combination by:
Up to 3,99%
R 250
0
Between 4% and 5,99%
R 500
1
Between 6% and 7,99%
R 750
2
Between 8% and 9,99%
R 1 000
3
Between 10% and 11,99%
R 1 250
4
Between 12% and 13,99%
R 1 500
5
Above 13,99%
Court
6
Total vehicle mass exceeds 5 times the mass on drive axle by:
Up to 3,99%
R 250
0
Between 4% and 5,99%
R 500
1
Between 6% and 7,99%
R 750
2
Between 8% and 9,99%
R 1 000
3
Between 10% and 11,99%
R 1 250
4
Between 12% and 13,99%
R 1 500
5
Above 13,99%
Court
6
Mass on the steering axle of articulated vehicle is:
Between 8% and 10,9% of total mass
R 500
1
Between 4% and 7,9% of the total mass
R 1 000
3
Less than 4% of total mass
Court
6
Mass on the steering axle of rigid vehicle is:
Between 14% and 19,9% of total mass
R 500
1
Between 7% and 13,9% of the total mass
R 1 000
3
Less than 7% of total mass
Court
6
Load on one side of axle exceeds that on the other by:
Above 10% up to 20%
R 500
1
Above 20% up to 30%
R 1 000
3
Above 30%
Court
6
Incorrect/no (load data) information plate
R 500
2
Insecure load
R 1 000
3
Load coming into contact with road surface
R 1 000
3
Passengers carried in the goods compartment not safely enclosed
R 1 000
3

Operator fitness

Violation
Fine
Pts
Operator not registered
Court
6
Operator card not on windscreen
R 500
1
Operator did not notify authority of change in particulars
R 500
1
Operator did not report loss of card
R 500
1
Operator did not exercise proper control driver
R 1 250
4
Operator did not ensure that motor vehicle complies with fitness requirements
R 1 250
4
Operator did not conduct operations with due care and safety
R 1 250
4
Operator did not comply with dangerous goods requirements
R 1 250
4
Operator did not comply with loading requirements
R 1 250
4

Dangerous goods

Violation
Fine
Pts
No fire extinguisher
R 1 250
4
Incorrect or missing placarding
R 1 250
4
Did not remove placards on emptied packaged goods vehicle
R 1 250
4
Placards damaged or not clean or clearly visible
R 1 250
4
No danger warning diamond at front
R 1 250
4
Left vehicle unattended in an unsupervised area
R 1 250
4
Incorrect or missing transport emergency card/s or dangerous goods declaration/s
R 1 250
4
No designated space for documents
R 1 250
4
Did not ensure that load is compatible
R 1 250
4
Transport emergency card older than 3 years
R 1 250
4

Road traffic signs

Violation
Fine
Pts
Disobeying stop sign or robot with non-RWC vehicle
R 500
1
Disobeying stop sign or robot with RWC vehicle
R 750
2
Overtaking on a white line with non-RWC vehicle
R 500
1
Overtaking on a white line with RWC vehicle
R 750
1
Pedestrian or cyclist disobeyed regulatory sign
R 100
0

Speeding

Violation
Fine
Pts
Exceeding the speed limit by:
11 km/h to 15 km/h
R 250
0
16 km/h to 20 km/h
R 500
1
21 km/h to 25 km/h
R 750
2
26 km/h to 30 km/h
R 1 000
3
31 km/h to 35 km/h
R 1 250
4
36 km/h to 40 km/h
R 1 500
5
Above 40 km/h
Court
6

Lane discipline

Violation
Fine
Pts
Failing to keep to the left
R 1 000
3
Driving on the wrong side or across a dividing strip or traffic island
R 1 000
3
Overtaking illegally on the left
R 1 000
3
Cutting in after overtaking
R 1 000
3
Overtaking on the shoulders or verge
R 1 000
3
Overtaking on a blind rise, a curve, or where view is restricted
R 1 000
3
Accelerating while being overtaken
R 1 000
3
Encroaching the right half of the road obstructing oncoming traffic
R 1 000
3
Passing a stationary bus without due care
R 500
1
Driving on shoulder when circumstances do not permit
R 500
1
Driving across a road when it is unsafe to do so
R 1 000
3
Entering a road when it is unsafe to do so
R 1 000
3
Obstructing other traffic while changing lanes
R 1 000
3
Failing to use indicators
R 500
1
Failing to indicate when changing lanes
R 500
1
Failing to yield to the right at a traffic island
R 750
2
Failing to keep left while making a left turn
R 750
2
Turning right while unsafe
R 750
2
Failing to keep left while making a right turn (cutting corner)
R 750
2

Stopping and parking

Violation
Fine
Pts
Stopping or parking
Alongside/opposite another vehicle where road is less than 9 metres
R 1 000
3
Alongside or opposite an excavation or obstruction
R 1 000
3
At or within 6 metres of a bridge or tunnel
R 1 000
3
At or within 6 metres of narrow portion of road
R 1 000
3
Constituting a danger or obstruction
R 1 000
3
Within the railway reserve of level crossing
R 1 000
3
On the wrong side of the road
R 1 000
3
In contravention of a “no-stopping” sign
R 750
2
On a freeway illegally
R 500
1
Parking:
In contravention of any road sign
R 250
0
Double parked
R 250
0
At excavation or obstruction
R 250
0
Within the railway reserve of level crossing
R 250
0
Within 9 metres of an approach to pedestrian crossing
R 250
0
Where width of road was constricted
R 250
0
Within tunnel or on a bridge
R 250
0
Obstructing a fire hydrant
R 250
0
Obstructing a traffic sign
R 250
0
On the sidewalk
R 250
0
On non-urban road within a metre of the edge
R 250
0
Blocking entrance to public road
R 250
0
Within 5 metres of an urban intersection
R 250
0
On the actuating mechanism of a robot
R 250
0
Further than 450 mm from the kerb
R 250
0
On road less than 5,5 metres wide
R 250
0
On a traffic island or pedestrian mall
R 250
0

Towing

Violation
Fine
Pts
Towrope or towbar exceeds 3,5 metres
R 500
1
Towed vehicle not securely attached or not under control
R 500
1
No licensed person at the wheel of towed vehicle
R 500
1
Towing at over 30 km/h (unless a tow bar is used)
R 500
1
Conveying passengers illegally (over 30 km/h) in towed vehicle
R 500
1

Accidents

Violation
Fine
Pts
Failing to stop at an accident to ascertain injuries and assist
Court
6
Failing to stop where there is third party damage
R 1 000
3
Failing to report accident
R 1 000
3
Removingvehicle from accident involving injury or death without police authorization
R 750
2
Removing vehicle without the owner/driver’s permission
R 1 250
4

Reckless driving and driving under the influence

Violation
Fine
Pts
Reckless driving
Court
6
Inconsiderate driving
R 250
0
Driving under the influence
Court
6
Blood alcohol level for:
Ordinary motorist not less than 0,05 g per 100 ml
Court
6
PrDP driver not less than 0,02 g per 100 ml
Court
6
Breath alcohol level for:
Ordinary motorist not less than 0,24 mg per 1 000 ml
Court
6
PrDP driver not less than 0,10 mg per 1 000 ml
Court
6
Smoked before blood/breath specimen was taken
R 1 250
4
Refusing to give blood or breath sample
R 1 500
5

Miscellaneous

Violation
Fine
Pts
Failing to comply with traffic officer’s instructions
R 500
1
Unauthorised tampering with vehicle
Court
6
Furnishing false information
Court
6
False number plate
Court
6
Not wearing seatbelt
R 250
0
No warning triangle
R 500
1
Warning triangle not as prescribed
R 250
0
Warning triangle not displayed or displayed incorrectly
R 250
0
Reversing too far or dangerously
R 1 000
3
Following too closely
R 1 000
3
Permitting aperson to occupy a position in a vehicle restricting the driver’s full control
R 1 000
3
Permitting a person to interfere with the steering or operating mechanism
R 1 000
3
Driver not positioned to exercise complete control of vehicle
R 1 000
3
Leaving vehicle unattended and unbraked
R 250
0
Pulling away from kerb before it is safe
R 500
1
Failing togive way to emergency vehicle sounding an alarm (eg ambulance or fire engine)
R 500
1
Part of driver’s body (elbow) protruding from moving vehicle
R 250
0
Allowing person on roof or step while in motion
R 250
0
Engine emitting smoke
R 250
0
Leaving engine running unattended
R 250
0
Spillage of oil petrol or rubbish
R 250
0
Running engine while filling up
R 250
0
Jumping on or off moving vehicle, endangering others
R 100
0
Driving on the sidewalk
R 500
1
Driving while using hand-held cell-phone
R 500
1
Excessive noise
R 250
0
Hooter used illegally
R 250
0
Failing to yield to pedestrian at crossing
R 500
1
Pedestrian moving into path of vehicle suddenly at crossing
R 100
0
Overtaking stationary vehicle at pedestrian crossing
R 500
1
Racing on public road
R 1 000
3
Driving in convoy during weekend
R 500
1
Wilful obstruction of traffic flow
R 750
2
Abandoned vehicle
R 500
1
Damaging public road
R 1 000
3
Using chocks between wheel and road
R 1 000
3
Trading illegally on public road
R 250
0

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