I have a traffic fine, caught by a police officer for doing 10 km over in a 60km area, He wrote me a ticket which is due to be paid 30 / 6 /2012, just noticed he wrote a mistake with my driving licence expiry date, he wrote expires on 13/2 /2012 which means I am expired, He should have written 13/2/2022. Can I get off this because of that
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I'm sorry to say but the error on the ticket does not Makes the ticket invalid or allows you to get off.
if this is a 1st offence and you have a good driving record my suggestion to you would be not to pay the fine but initially write to the infringement bureau and request that they withdraw the infringement on the basis of your driving record and that this was a mistake and that you are remorseful for your actions.
In your letter you should explain the reason for the excess speed, for example if you were overtaking vehicle then this would be logical.
If this fails your next alternative is to relate for the ticket should be dealt with by the court. The courts have the power to show leniency and they can find you guilty of the offence but dismissed the following and not record a conviction on your traffic record.
If you have other speeding fines on your traffic record then the chances of leniency by the court for the fine being waived Are very slim.
In those circumstances you would be best to pay the fine and have the demerits listed on your license.
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