The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act is set to roll out on 1 July. This was announced by the Department of Transport earlier this week.
The proposed bill has faced major backlash from civic organisations as well as other traffic law-enforcement agencies within the country, reports IOL.
According to AARTO's website, this is how the system will work:
- Everyone starts with no (zero) demerit points on their driving licence.
- The number of points incurred will depend on the nature of the traffic offence or charge.
- The current prescribed limit is 12 points, while this could be changed to 15 points according to the draft AARTO Amendment Regulations.
- When the limit is exceeded, a driving licence will be suspended for three months for every point over the threshold.
- A driving licence can only be suspended twice, after that it will be cancelled.
- Once the suspension period is over and the driving licence has been cancelled, a driver may apply for a learner permit again.
Here's an example of how many points will be deducted per offence as published on the KZN Traffic Department's Facebook page:
The system relies heavily on third-party systems which could lead to administrative nightmares, non-governmental organisation OUTA has warned.
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