We all know that different traffic infringements come with different fines – but did you know your fine can also depend on your location?

Due to crackdowns on province-specific road accident issues, various local governments deal with lawbreakers in different ways.

he most notable difference is the cost of fines in the Western Cape versus other areas in the country.

In 2014, the Western Cape approved a sharp increase in traffic fines – with some fines even doubling in cost.

Not every province followed suit, however.

For example, the City of Johannesburg and Tshwane municipalities follow the fine costs outlined by the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO), established in 2008.

The rest of the country follows the offences outlined in the Criminal Procedure Act. The Western Cape, however, implemented its own Traffic Law Enforcement Offence Code Book.

CompareGuru took a look at the fines under the Western Cape system and the AARTO system, to see just how much they differ.

We gathered the most expensive fines for traffic infringements in the province and found the equivalent AARTO offence.

The differences became apparent very quickly, with Western Cape fines often being double or triple the AARTO equivalent.

The most expensive fine in the Western Cape is R5000, while in Tshwane and Johannesburg it is R1500.