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National Rollout of AARTO Act Underway

July 5, 2021

Department of Transport

The national rollout of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Act is underway.

In a speech, the transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, announced that R545 million has been allocated to the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) to fund the rollout.

The minister added that R215 million has been allocated for the current financial year.

The AARTO Amendment Act aims to amend the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act of 1998, in order to:

• substitute and insert certain definitions;
• improve the manner of serving documents to infringers;
• add to the functions of the Road Traffic Infringement Authority;
• repeal certain obsolete provisions;
• establish and administer rehabilitation programmes;
• provide for the apportionment of penalties;
• provide for the establishment of the Appeals Tribunal and matters related thereto;
• effect textual corrections; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

According to the minister, the National Rollout “means the entire AARTO Amendment Act 4 of 2019 with regulations is now incrementally being put in force in a phased approach that will culminate with the Points Demerit System”.

Demerit points will be allocated for specific transgressions committed by road traffic infringers.

“This is an objective and fair system of identifying reckless drivers and law breakers so that we can remove them from the driving fold”, he said.

Other developments include common penalties introduced for all traffic violations in the country, Independent Appeals Tribunal set up for appeals against the rulings of the RTIA and Driver Rehabilitation programmes for habitual infringers introduced.

The minister declared that the rollout will be introduced in phases “to ensure that all metros and local municipalities fully adhere to the legislation with lessons learnt from the operational jurisdictions of Johannesburg and Tshwane used as a yard stick for maximum impact”.

The first phase of the AARTO Rollout runs from 1 July to 30 September 2021.

The minister pointed out that the first phase is “intended to increase the footprint of the RTIA nationally to be closer to the people, through seven (7) AARTO service outlets and online services such as the AARTO website and the AARTO mobile application”.

The Points Demerit System is set to be introduced on 1 July 2022.