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Joburg, Tshwane want to pull out of 'dysfunctional' traffic fines system

Tshwane and Johannesburg municipalities no longer want to be the pilot cities for the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act.

Aarto is currently only in force in Johannesburg and Tshwane, but is expected to be rolled out nationally, with several proposed changes to road traffic enforcement.

The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government have been vocal about opposing the act.

The City's JP Smith says the Aarto legislation and its systems are dysfunctional.

He says the act has proved to be useless, because it was created for the purposes of the driver point demerit system - which is currently not functional.

If the demerits aren't taking place, then the rest of the act is pointless.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

The system has been broken and dysfunctional since its inception.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

There's little point in implementing Aarto, other than to frustrate the authorities with cumbersome aspects of the legislation that don't work.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

Smith explains that some of Aarto's issues include the poor implementation of traffic infringement notices, poor enforcement and fine collection.

Listen to JP Smith make his arguments here:

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