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If a fine does not arrive by registered mail, it is unlawful and you are not required to pay it.
However, it probably isn't smart to just ignore it either.
Check out http://aarto.co.za/ssm.asp for all the information you could possibly want to know about AARTO, the irregularities, how to react to fines and roadblocks as well as your rights at roadblocks.
They also speak about the online traffic fine sites. I refuse to pay for my fines online. Those sites are dodgy.
And MULTIPLE fines on top of it....
"Impunity arises from a failure by States to meet their obligations to investigate violations; to take appropriate measures in respect of the perpetrators, particularly in the area of justice, by ensuring that those suspected of criminal responsibility are prosecuted, tried and duly punished; to provide victims with effective remedies and to ensure that they receive reparation for the injuries suffered; to ensure the inalienable right to know the truth about violations; and to take other necessary steps to prevent a recurrence of violations."
taxi drivers don't pay them, they just threaten the cops...
That said: i don't speed anymore coz I never got any, then got 3 in one week.
I don't support the taxi drivers. Merely commented.That is precisely the type of lawlessness I was talking about.
Pity that so many people think that they should join the taxi drivers in stooping to their level.
Basically it appears as if it's a South African's God Given right to break the law, and if they are unlucky enough to be caught and fined, then it is their right, once again, to get away with it as cheaply as possible! No wonder we have carnage on our roads!
I have only ever alledgedly "received" (aka never got anything but a family member saw it on Payfine) one speeding fine - for going 106 in what they claim is an 80 zone, but it is actually a 100 zone and it was on the downhill, so really I can be forgiven 6kmph. Motorbikes pick up speed so quickly.
I never received anything, be it via registered or normal mail. The only reason I know it exists is because a family member decided to check everyone in the family's ID numbers for speeding tickets when they discovered that "wonderful website" Payfine. This was almost 2 years ago.
We don't all drive like maniacs. It only takes a few to cause carnage for all of us.
Some were via post. They all appear on paycity.co.za