It's not quite that bad. If you just choose to pay the on the spot fine it's $400 + $60 victims of crime. The $2,500 is if you challenge it in court (and lose). It's the "hexuple or nothing" option.
I got stopped years back for not having a number plate on the cycle rack. They just told me to get one without any fine.
No Shav. The fine for displaying a home made plate is bigger than no plate. This matter was raised on 891 some weeks ago with their regular interview with a traffic officer.
Thanks for the warning.
I submitted a comment.
Compare a $460 fine for a tourist who unintentionally obscured his number plate with a bicycle carrier, with a $225 fine for parking a vehicle in a bicycle lane. The latter endangers cyclists who are forced to veer around and into the travel lane. (On Friday 11-May-2012 at 5.45pm I saw 3 vehicles parked in the Prospect Road bicycle lane, and 3 cyclists forced to mix it with the peak hour traffic.) There appears to be inequity in the two expiation fees.
Another one to watch out for its $375 for driving your car if the rego has expired for less then one month, if longer then 1 month its $1000, yet they are saving money by not giving you rego stickers anymore,
Paul, it was announced that it would save the govt money not to issue rego stickers.
However, this concerns me:
-- When rego stickers, easier for anyone to notice that registration expired.
-- When no rego sticker, if not ticketed for parking or driving offence, reduced chance of offence being notice. This could encourage some not to renew registration.
-- How do drivers know if their registration is about to expire? Does the govt still post out reminders?
All SAPOL Patrol vehicles have the ability to check the Registration status of any SA vehicle, from within the Patrol car. SAPOL computer technology is certainly state of the art.
Heard that police will be able to check registration easily, but needs police time and desire to check. Parking inspectors will not check for registration unless parking offence. If traffic cameras check then vehicles recorded and a deterrent. However, I would interpret that cameras only record images when vehicle runs a red light or speeds. So if not breaching these road rules, then limited checking for current registration.
The fixed cameras located across major arterial roads that check heavy vehicle movements also check car rego. I think these are located on SE Freeway, Pt Wakefield Rd, Main North Road, NEXY etc. They are the cameras that are mounted above the road, one over each lane.
If you don't go on the major roads out of the city, then you won't get checked.
not really, they used to call it in on their hand helds, now they use a data connection to access the same database. The big LCD makes unmarked cars not so unmarked.