Government determined to make AARTO work – RTIA

2013-09-02 08:43

It was not an option to scrap the controversial Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO).

“The proposal to scrap AARTO is not a consideration. It is the government’s duty to enforce laws and protect citizens’ lives,” Road Traffic Infringement Agency spokesman Mthunzi Mbungwana told Beeld newspaper in a report today.

He was responding to calls by opposition parties and several road traffic safety organisations for government to scrap the system plagued by administrative problems.

According to a report handed to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters earlier this year, Aarto fines amounting to R2 billion had not been collected during the past two financial years.

Aarto, which stipulates penalty points should be imposed for certain offences and motorists who repeatedly incur traffic violations should have their licences suspended, has thus far only been partially introduced in Johannesburg and Tshwane.

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