The City of Cape Town has announced that motorists will soon be notified of fines via SMS and will also be able to pay those fines on their smartphones.

The city has coined the term “smart SMS technology” and is in the process of rolling out the new service.

“These smart text messages are designed to make life easier for our residents and take the pain out of paying traffic fines,” City of Cape Town Mayoral Comittee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith said in a statement.

These smart notifications also serve the dual purpose of informing motorists of a fine should they not have updated their postal address or the postal service fails to deliver notice of the fine.

“They’ll be very useful in ensuring that motorists receive timeous notification of outstanding fines as we do experience challenges with first notices getting lost or being delayed in the postal system,” said Smith.

One link to pay them all

Motorists will receive a message which contains details of the fine as well as a link where they will be able to view and pay the fine.

Motorists will have to key in an ID number linked to the fine to access details of the infringement. Once a motorist has accepted the privacy policy, they can pay the fine.

Notice posted for traffic fine C7/11745/806/024423 for ID xxxxx. Pay R2 000 at Cape Town Traffic Dept. Ensure vehicle registration address is correct. If not you may not receive traffic fine. Legal process will continue. Next Step summons to appear in court. Example of the message a motorist will receive regarding a fine

At time of writing the portal doesn’t seem to be operational.

The system is compatible with all phones that have internet access and the ability to receive a text messages. This includes Android, Windows, iOS, Blackberry OS, Symbian and Linux. The website can also be viewed on a desktop using; Internet Explorer 7 – 11, Internet Explorer mobile, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, Dolphin and Konqueror.

Smith explained that this is simply another option for users to pay their fines.

“You can still use any of the existing channels to pay fines,” the official said. “This service is meant to simplify life for everyone involved and I invite the public to use the system and give us feedback so that we can tweak it if need be.”

[Source – City of Cape Town]