Aarto implementation postponed

2010-06-30 11:31

Implementation of the Administrative Adjudication of the Road

Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act will be delayed for a couple of months, the Road

Traffic Management Corporation said today.

The corporation’s acting chief executive Collins Letsoalo said law

enforcement officers’ role in the Fifa World Cup had hampered preparations for

the implementation of the project.

He denied that the corporation had bowed to pressure to postpone,

particularly from the Western Cape, which threatened to seek an urgent interdict

to stop implementation.

Aarto was to have been introduced in Ekurhuleni, Ethekwini, Nelson

Mandela Bay and the City of Cape Town on July 1. It is already in operation in

Tshwane and Johannesburg.

“It will continue like that,” said Letsoalo, who said the

postponement should not be seen as a deviation from government’s commitment to

promoting road safety.

He said the delay would be about two or three months and that Aarto

would be implemented during this financial year.

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