Department of Transport
A national summit on the implementation of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act is to take place in the next few months.
The transport minister, Ben Martins, revealed this during a media briefing on his department’s activities during the recent Easter weekend.
The summit will be co-hosted by his department together with the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA).
The minister explained that the RTIA played an important role in educating road users about the AARTO process.
Mention was made of the proposed amendments to the act published for comment in February this year.
The AARTO amendment bill aims to:
• Ensure that the national roll out is “efficient and effective”-points demerit system
• Introduce measures that allow for the effective adjudication of traffic infringements.
• Give more power to the RTIA to carry out its mandate.
• Remove the onus on the agency to provide specialised prosecution support services to the various traffic authorities.
• Empower the agency to adjudicate on all infringements, not just minor ones.
• Increase membership of the agency’s board by the addition of one representative each from the departments of transport and national treasury.
• Board to decide how much agency staff are paid.
• Put electronic forms of communication in place.
• Habitual offenders to undergo rehabilitation programmes
• Develop framework to set up infringements appeals tribunal
Written comment on the bill had been invited until 22 March 2013.