Demerit system put on hold

2010-09-16 14:31

The point demerit system will not be implemented in October, transport authorities reiterated today.

“In light of the recent misunderstanding and public panic around the implementation of Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) and the demerit points system, we would like to assure the public that Aarto will not be implemented on October 1,” the the Road Traffic Management Corporation said.

“The recent announcement by the minister of transport about October 1was in relation to the national rolling enforcement implementation, and the launch of the Aarto communication and educational campaign.”

Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele would make an announcement on Aarto’s national implementation “in due course”, the corporation said.

Taxi drivers in Pretoria staged a protest march yesterday against the implementation of Aarto.

The Aarto legislation will implement a point demerit system in which motorists will be penalised or lose their drivers’ licences after a certain number of traffic offences.

Aarto has not yet come into effect, but pilot projects have been running in several cities.?

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