Driver demerit system passed in National Assembly

You could lose your license if you do not toe the line.

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) amendment bill was passed in the National Assembly last week Tuesday.

The bill aims to discourage law breakers on the roads and make it easier to penalise and prosecute infringements.

According to the department, the bill comes as a result of the “untenable and unsustainable road safety challenges faced in South Africa.”

Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi said the act would provide assurance to all South Africans that their lives matter.

“South Africa has experienced tremendous loss of life, especially of young people, as well as the continued disregard of road traffic laws,” said the minister.

When the Aarto bill is applied, every driver will start on 0 points – with a maximum of 12.

Meaning that you will be allowed to drive until you have 12 points against your name, every point above and beyond that 12 will result in a three month suspension of your license.

As far as reducing your points, every three months you are on the road without breaking a law will result in a one point reduction.

Your license will be cancelled if you are suspended three times.

If you are caught behind the wheel of a vehicle after being suspended you will be liable to a fine, imprisonment – or both.

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Allan Troskie

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