Department of Transport
The transport minister, Dipuo Peters, has called on the portfolio committee on transport to expedite processing of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill.
Speaking during her department’s budget vote debate in parliament, the minister revealed that the Road Traffic Infringement Authority was poised to roll out the AARTO system nationally.
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.
“We are appealing to the Portfolio Committee to expedite the processing of this Amendment, which will see the introduction of the demerit system whereby infringers stand to be arrested and even lose their drivers licences”, she said.
Mention was also made of the imminent phasing out of the Road Accident Fund and its replacement by the Road Accident Benefit Scheme.
“Benefits will move away from costly administration, unscrupulous legal practitioners and shady intermediaries to the end beneficiaries. We have registered irreversible progress towards introduction of RABS”.