New Bill aims to save lives as motorists will be de-merited for traffic violations
The Eastern Cape Department of Transport has welcomed the signing of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Bill (Aarto) by President Cyril Ramaphosa despite public outcry that the Bill is controversial because it is a revenue collection method by authorities.
Minister Fikile Mbalula has however lashed back at South Africans, assuring motorists that whichever way they analyse it, the Bill will stay and serve its intended purpose, to ensure that drivers follow all the traffic laws in order to reduce the carnage on the country’s roads.
“So far, the province has not received any comments as they were submitted directly to the Road Traffic Infringements Agency (RTIA) in Midrand.
Due processes are being discussed at National level on how the Bill will be rolled out to provinces. These will include, but not limited to, Communication Strategy and enhance Awareness campaigns; refresher training for traffic officers and SAPS; the establishment of the Appeals Tribunal; and the implementation of the Point Demerit System,” detailed Unathi Binqose, spokesperson for the EC department of Transport.
The National Assembly passed the Bill this month, and the President will be signing a Proclamation declaring the date for roll out.
It's main aim is to curb road traffic violations by penalising drivers who are habitual offenders through a demerit system. Drivers risk losing their licences for repeated offences.
Traffic offence will accumulate demerit points. Once a driver reaches 12 points, their licence will be suspended for three months.
If a licence is suspended three times, it will be revoked. This means the driver has to retake their learner's and driver’s tests.
All motorists will start with zero points. Points can be reduced if no further offences are done by the driver within a three-month period.
A person found driving with a suspended license will be liable to a fine or imprisonment not exceeding one-year.