Asked by Andersen007 on 10-08-2021 16:03:02
Question posted in the Criminal Law category relating to Gauteng
I was stopped in June this year and issued with a section 56 fine for apparently not following the road traffic markings. A police officer stopped me at the Gilloolys interchange and said that I crossed a solid yellow line. He issued me with a fine which he said was for inconsiderate driving. The fine was issued in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.
The fine is only R 300, however after doing some research on Google I'm worried that by paying the fine I could inadvertently end up with a criminal record.
I was not arrested and my fingerprints were not taken. Is it safe for me to pay the fine? I've read that a few years ago some Municipalities (including Ekurhuleni) would actually register a criminal record for paying a section 56 fine, is this still happening?
I would really appreciate your help and advice.
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