The purpose of the published Amended Act is:
To amend the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, 1998, so as to substitute and insert certain definitions; to improve the manner of serving documents to infringers; to add to the functions of the Road Traffic Infringement Authority; to repeal certain obsolete provisions; to establish and administer rehabilitation programmes; to provide for the apportionment of penalties; to provide for the establishment of the Appeals Tribunal (our emphasis) and matters related thereto to effect textual corrections; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
AARTO Act consequences for transgressions are:
- Blocking of the renewal of a driving license.
- Blocking of the renewal or application for a PrDP or renewal or a motor vehicle licence as well as demerit points..
Drivers face losing their licences for repeated offences. Infringements and the collection of fines is set to be managed by the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA).
For drivers, every infringement will accumulate demerit points, with a total of 12 resulting in the suspension of their
Once the suspension period lapses, drivers can apply to get their
Paying a fine will not offer any reprieve from the demerit system.
The AARTO Amendment Bill is quite clear that company representatives cannot lose points on behalf of company drivers, demerits will accrue to the correct person. Every company must have a responsible person who is ultimately accountable for dealing with licensing, roadworthiness and traffic fine issues.
This article is provided for information only and does not constitute the provision of professional advice of any kind.