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Parliament to Kickstart Deliberations on AARTO Bill Next Week

May 18, 2017

Portfolio Committee on Transport

The portfolio committee on transport is to start deliberations on the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Bill next week.

The committee held public hearings on the bill this week.

The bill was tabled in parliament in December 2015.

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.

In a statement, the committee voiced satisfaction with the equality of inputs it received during the hearings.

The committee chairperson, Dikeledi Magadzi, indicated that relevant elements of submissions that enhanced the AARTO legislation would be incorporated into the bill.