President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the controversial Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill into law.
The legislation is perhaps known for its proposed introduction of a demerit system for drivers, and it is expected to fundamentally change driving in the country.
Some of the biggest changes include:
- Depending on the severity of the offence, 1-6 points are allocated for offences. If an infringer has more than 12 points, it will result in the disqualification of the driving licence and three suspensions result in its cancellation;
- Failing to pay traffic fines can lead to a block on obtaining driving and vehicle licences.
- Where documents previously had to be delivered by registered mail through the post office, in terms of the amendment, authorities will now also be able to serve documents electronically and can send reminders via WhatsApp and SMS.
Civil society and those within the transport industry are said to have vowed to challenge Aarto’s implementation at every level.
However according to Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula,He says it's too late for critics to fight the controversial Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill.
The date of implementation will be announced soon.