Traffic: Demerit system trial phase starts in Pretoria

2008-07-02 00:00

The pilot phase of the Transport Department’s demerit system for traffic offenders was launched in Pretoria yesterday.

The Administrative Adjudication of Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act will later be rolled out countrywide.

Under the system, drivers who commit offences repeatedly will have their driver’s licences terminated, and be subjected to the whole process of re-obtaining the documents, which starts with sitting for learner’s licence tests.

Traffic offenders will have points deducted from their licences, and once 12 points are exceeded, the offender will be banned from driving for a period of months.

The act also authorises a sheriff of the court to repossess the movable property of an offender who fails to pay traffic fines.

“To date, levels of fines have been set by municipalities in accordance with their own systems.

Aarto ensures that all penalties are consistent nationally, are well administered and are followed up with a tighter collection process and resultant revenue stream, which will be used for improving road safety,” said Ranthoko Rakgoale, CEO of the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

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