Motorists should prepare themselves for the long-awaited Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto) which will take effect countrywide in April 2016.
Under the demerit point system, habitual traffic offenders will have their drivers licences suspended or revoked if they accumulate the maximum of 12 points.
Registrar of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) Japh Chuwe explained the implementation of the amended law and how the act will affect all road users.
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:
It's not just a punitive system. It is meant to be an objective process of rehabilitating those infringers that have strayed on the wrong side of the law to become good road safety ambassadors.— Japh Chuwe, Registrar of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency
Chuwe explained that officials were pleased with the results of the Gauteng pilot points demerit system, which tested the efficacy of the system.
Aarto has seen many false starts since its promulgation in 1998. At first it was only implemented on a pilot basis in Johannesburg and Tshwane and previous efforts to roll it out countrywide were strongly opposed by, among others, the City of Cape Town.
@RediTlhabi In S.Africa? A driver who doesn't drive because of a suspended 'demerited' licence? What a joke.A licence is optional in SA.— KABELO MG (@KabeloMG) November 12, 2015
@RediTlhabi As an experienced driver I know that law enforcement 2 traffic officers in SA means chance 2 solicit bribes: no patriotism here!— SydneyG (@MannaTitbits) November 12, 2015
No @RediTlhabi this AARTO is only going to make Traffic Officers richer and more greedy....— DashcamGP-ZA (@Dashcampros) November 12, 2015
@RediTlhabi Haven't had a licence disk in about 7yrs. Can't get one because of outstanding fines. They're forcing me to break the law— Gertrude O. Douglas (@Gertrude_O_D) November 12, 2015
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