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Transport Committee Extends Comment Period on AARTO Bill

May 18, 2017

Portfolio Committee on Transport

The portfolio committee on transport has extended the deadline for comment on the Administration and Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Bill to 31 August 2016.

The bill was tabled at the end of 2015.

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.

According to a statement, the committee’s chairperson, Ms Dikeledi Magadzi, indicated that it was important that people were afforded enough opportunity to submit their input to the committee as the bill “will have an impact on their lives”.

“The Committee should avoid a situation where people are not given adequate opportunity to comment on the proposed legislation. Parliament is an institution of the people and people should be allowed to influence legislation making,” Ms Magadzi said.

Comment can be emailed to vcarelse@parliament.gov.za.