Traffic fines could be emailed

2013-03-04 09:29

Draft legislation could pave the way for the state to email road traffic fines to motorists.

This had emerged from amendments to the law on the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic (Aarto) published in the Government Gazette in February, Afrikaans daily Beeld reported today.

People have until March 21 to comment on the proposal.

Beeld reported that the introduction of Aarto, which was currently enforced only in Joburg and Pretoria, had repeatedly been postponed in other parts of the country because of administrative logistics.

The Aarto penalty points system is yet to be enforced, 13 years after it was first proposed, largely because of legal wrangling and criticism of the legislation.

According to Beeld, Joburg metro police had been quoted in earlier media reports as saying it had no budget to send notices by registered mail.

The proposed amendments suggested that government was trying to change the original law precisely to enable email notifications of fines.

Members of the public could email their comments before March 21 to the department of transport at the following email addresses: John Makgatho on Makgathj@dot.gov.za or Ngwako Thoka on Thokan@dot.gov.za.

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