It's official: Aarto scheduled to roll out in SA in July 2021 - here's how the points work


• Aarto will be introduced in South Africa on 1 July 2021.

• The system will penalise drivers who do not comply with the rules of the road.

• 15 points will see your driver's license being revoked.

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Come 1 July 2021, the administrative adjudication of road traffic offences (Aarto) regulations will come into effect. What this means is that drivers who fail to comply with the rules of the road will receive penalty points based on a new demerit system.

Business Tech reports that the latest Aarto draft has been gazetted by transport minister Fikile Mbalula and that the 540-page directive explains how the demerit system will work. Aarto will be rolled out in three phases to introduce South Africans to the new system.

The gazette states that when a driver accumulates 15 points, his or her license will be suspended for up to three months. If a driver has a clean record for up to three months, one penalty point will be removed after receiving the last demerit point.

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Demerit points

Business Tech explains how the points system will work as follows:

• The offender/infringer receives a penalty, and in addition to the penalty, they also receive the demerit points allocated to the specific offence.

• If the demerit points exceed the maximum points (15 points), a person will be disqualified from driving or using the vehicle for a period of time (three months for every point exceeding 15 points);

• The points for the offences and infringements range between six and one;

• The maximum for a person or operator card or a licence disc for a juristic person who is not an operator is 15 points;

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• The maximum for a learner driver is six points;

• The time value of each point is three months for disqualification or reduction purposes;

• If demerit points are allocated to a person or vehicle record and no further demerit points are accrued in three months after receiving the previous demerit point, a reduction of one point on the total number of demerit points will be recorded on the system;

• A person's driving licence card and the operator card of a motor vehicle must be handed in for the disqualification period;

• Upon a third disqualification, the licences will be cancelled. A person must apply for a new learner's licence and driving licence once the disqualification period is over.

See the full gazatte below.

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond
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