AARTO is back

Information with the courtesy of Dear South Africa:

The Minister of Transport has called upon the public to lodge their objections, inputs or comments on the draft AARTO regulations, set to be rolled out nationally. AARTO introduces the points demerit system, a doubling of fines and a completely new way of processing and prosecuting traffic fines.

The draft regulations are a complete rewrite of the existing regulations and include;

  • Removing an alleged infringer’s right to elect to be tried in court and replacing it with written representations, a Tribunal and eventually, an appeal or review application to the Magistrates Court.
  • Increasing the number of demerit points which may be incurred before a driving licence or operator card may be suspended from 12 to 15 and introducing demerit points on the licence discs of vehicles belonging to companies that are not operators.
  • Doubling the penalties (fines) which are currently payable.
  • Doubling the fines for failing to pay e-toll and regular toll roads while removing the demerit points from them.
  • Making it a criminal offence to drive if a driver does not possess a driving licence.
  • Correcting the previous misinformation regarding the rehabilitation programme which only becomes applicable once a person’s driving licence has been cancelled.

Please click the link or green button below to have your say.

Thank you for being democratically engaged, active and responsible.

Rob Hutchinson
MD, Dear South Africa

Amendment of AARTO regulations

Originally passed into law in 1998, the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act has been in force for more than eleven years in the jurisdictions of the Metropolitan Municipalities of Tshwane and Johannesburg. It is now scheduled to be implemented, in its new form, nationally.

click here to have a say on the draft AARTO regulations

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