Good news for motorists who don’t have time to pay fines on weekdays – the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service now allows motorists, who have fines that have progressed to warrants of arrest, to finalise these warrants online.

Motorists have always been allowed to finalise warrants without appearing in court. The process was time consuming, as motorists were required to send a cheque to the Traffic Service via snail mail, or had to take time off from work to make the payment at a Traffic Service department.

The city of Cape Town’s Traffic Service has been testing an online payment of warrants on its platform since mid-April. When motorists register on the website, they may click on the “view and pay your fine” option. This will take the motorist to their list of outstanding fines, including those in warrant status.

“An admission of guilt form will pop up which the offender must accept and agree to and only then will they be able to complete the payment process. Upon payment, a receipt as well as a warrant recall form will be emailed directly to them,” the City said.

This warrant recall will also allow the motorist to perform transactions on the electronic national administration traffic information system (eNaTIS), as one would do when renewing a vehicle license. This serves as proof that the warrant has been revoked in the event that the motorist is stopped at a roadblock.

Members of the public can also contact the Cape Town Traffic Service directly on 021 444 3310/11/12 or 13 to ensure that the Admin Mark is removed from their names on the eNaTIS system.

Alderman JP Smith, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety, Security and Social Services, said this is a massive step towards increased service delivery.

“This makes things a lot more convenient for offenders who are trying to do the right thing by paying their fines, including those residing outside of Cape Town. We will be sending out SMS and email reminders to motorists with outstanding warrants to further publicise this service, so I encourage them to make use of it and avoid any unpleasant surprises when they are stopped at a roadblock or tracked down by our traffic officers,” he said.

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.