Members of the public have just a few weeks left to comment on planned changes to the way road traffic offences are dealt with. Public hearings are underway in the Western Cape on the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill.
One of the most controversial amendments is the proposed driver 'demerit' system.
Speaking to Kieno Kammies, Chief Operations Officer at the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) Thabo Tsholetsane says it is designed to ease pressure on the courts.
We realised that in South Africa the courts are over burdened and we need to have a system that will deal with these contraventions administratively by introducing demerit system, where people will know that if they contravene the law there will be consequences.— Thabo Tsholetsane, COO, Road Traffic Infringement Agency
In terms of the representations of the Bill, people can go to onto the legislature website and send their comments.— Thabo Tsholetsane, COO, Road Traffic Infringement Agency
The final date for comments on the Bill is March 30.
After that the legislature will take the mandate to Parliament and it will consider whether these comments allow for them to process [the Bill] or whether people don't want these amendments.— Thabo Tsholetsane, COO, Road Traffic Infringement Agency
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