02 December 2019, Lower Saxony, Hanover: Cars driv
02 December 2019, Lower Saxony, Hanover: Cars drive past a radar device that photographs drivers driving to a crossroads despite a red traffic light (slow shutter speed). Traffic offenders let the coffers of the Lower Saxon cities ring. Some of the income is in the millions. Photo: Lucas Bäuml/dpa (Photo by Lucas Bäuml/picture alliance via Getty Images)
  • You can still be caught on camera for traffic offences during lockdown Level 4.
  • Once the lockdown has been lifted and post office and traffic departments are open, fines will be issued.
  • Motorists are still liable for AARTO fines handed down by traffic police on the side of the road, however.
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Motorists caught committing traffic offences on camera during lockdown are not off the hook.

While you may not receive fines during the lockdown period as post offices and departments dealing with them are currently closed, it doesn’t meant that the fines will fall away.

Traffic infringements will be processed after the national lockdown has been lifted, with fines accrued during that time being sent to the motorists in question.

"It is probably advisable to write the date of your infringement down somewhere as a reminder," says Ekurhuleni Metro police (EMPD) spokesperson, Kobeli Mokheseng.

This is so that motorists are not surprised when the fines are finally delivered. The only fines currently being handed out are AARTO traffic fines.

Those are fines written by traffic officers on the side of the road. According Johannesburg Metro police (JMPD) spokesperson, Wayne Minaar, motorists can still receive messages via SMS to pay such fines.

According to Mokheseng, fines currently being handed out are those where motorists are found to be in contravention of the disaster management act. 

Motorists found with expired licence discs as well as driver’s licences (that expired after the lockdown was enforced), have been given a grace period until after the national lockdown and will not be fined when stopped during this time.

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