Thursday, June 13, 2024

City of Cape Town Warns Against Third Party Traffic Fine Services

The City of Cape Town is urging motorists to use official channels for handling traffic fines, following a surge in complaints about third-party service providers. These providers, which charge fees to settle fines and renew motor vehicle licenses, often leave motorists out of pocket and still responsible for their fines.

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Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, highlighted the ease and security of using the City’s official payment methods. "There is this long-held belief that paying traffic fines requires endless hours of queueing or visits to municipal courts," Smith stated. "It is no surprise then that so many people have turned to third-party service providers."

The City records approximately 3.6 million traffic offences annually and offers secure online payment options and email representations to dispute or reduce fines. Motorists are reminded that third-party services are not endorsed by the City and using them is at their own risk. Victims are encouraged to report any financial losses to the South African Police Service.

Done by: Veerle Kroon

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