Demerit driver system under Aarto bill edges closer to taking effect

The controversial demerit system for errant drivers is a step closer to becoming law.

Final amendments on the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill were given the stamp of approval by Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport.

The Aarto bill, which has received a great deal of criticism, will now go to the National Assembly for concurrence and will then be ready to be signed into law.

The bill will see the introduction of new demerit system for various driving offences.

Once a driver racks up more than 12 infringements, their driving licence will be disqualified.

In addition, failure to pay traffic fines can lead to motorists being blocked from obtaining driving and vehicle licences under the bill.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says the bill is unlikely to improve road safety and driver behaviour.

The pressure group says the Aarto pilot project run in Tshwane and Johannesburg over the past few years did not yield any positive results.

Outa’s transport portfolio manager, Rudie Heyneke, says the bill is flawed and administratively cumbersome.

It's a long shot to say the bill will work now or have positive results.

Rudie Heyneke, Transport portfolio manager - Outa

We still feel that there is not enough that will create road safety.

Rudie Heyneke, Transport portfolio manager - Outa

This could lead to, like the e-Tolls, a certain kind of civil disobedience because of the administration and management of this bill.

Rudie Heyneke, Transport portfolio manager - Outa

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