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Traffic Fine Expiry Date?

Question:

If you have outstanding traffic fines that are older than three (3) years, does the prescription principle apply? I recently got stopped for an outstanding traffic fine, with a warrant, for a ticket issued for a speeding offence I had committed in 2001.

Answer:

In terms of the Prescription Act, the Act does not place a prescription period on debts to government (national or local). However there has been arguments as to whether a traffic fine is a debt or not, but there is no clarity on this. It should be beared in mind that a traffic fine is an offence in terms Criminal Procedure Act and it is illogical to conclude that a debt linked to a criminal offence can prescribe. You can be held liable for a fine issued in 2001.

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