[Listen] Demerit system explained (you could lose your driver's licence)

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) amendment bill was given a green in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The bill will result in serial traffic offenders losing their driver’s licences through a demerit system.

It awaits adoption by the National Council of Provinces and then needs to be signed into law by the President.

National Chair Justice Project SA, Howard Dembovsky, says the system starts off with a zero and each time a motorist commits a traffic offence a point is added for each infringement.

Read: What the Aarto Amendment Bill means for motorists

When you reach 12 demerit points your drivers license will be suspended for the period of 3 months for each demerit point over the 12 points tolerance that is allowed.

Howard Dembovsky, founder and Chairperson of JPSA

I am not convinced that moving this entire process to an administrative one as opposed to putting the matters into court is the way to go.

Howard Dembovsky, founder and Chairperson of JPSA

The fact is, moving it to administrative system keeps one thing, it finds you guilty until you've proven yourself innocent and that is inconsistent with the constitution.

Howard Dembovsky, founder and Chairperson of JPSA

To hear more of this interview, listen below:


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