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AARTO Bill Tabled

December 2, 2015

Department of Transport

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

The draft bill was published for comment in 2013.

The bill is designed to help with implementation of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act of 1998.

The act aims to strengthen compliance with road traffic laws and facilitate the payment of traffic fines. Offenders will receive demerit points on their licences.

According to the bill’s memorandum, the act has been in operation as a pilot phase in Tshwane and Johannesburg.

The plan is to roll out the legislation across the country.

The bill is intended to ensure that the roll out is “efficient and effective”.

It seeks to introduce amendments to the act in order to achieve efficiency and the financial sustainability of issuing authorities.

A new definition for “infringement” is contained in the bill.

“Infringement means any act or omission in contravention of this Act or road traffic legislation”.

The bill also refers to the National Offences Register.

This is where all drivers’ infringements and offences will be recorded.

The proposed legislation also clarifies the process whereby non-compliant offenders are served with a warrant issued by a magistrate’s court.

One proposed change in the bill is that the Road Traffic Infringement Agency is now referred to as the Road Traffic Infringement Authority.

The Road Traffic Infringement Authority will be given more power to carry out its mandate.

The act established the authority to tighten up the application of road traffic laws.

For example, they will be notified if a road user has failed to pay a fine. The authority also has to review appeals made by road traffic infringers.

The bill would empower the authority to adjudicate on all infringements, not just minor ones.

It also instructs the authority to pay over any penalties it receives to the relevant issuing authority.

The bill will now be processed by the portfolio committee on transport.