AARTO Amendment Act explained on Breakfast with Martin Bester

Proposed AARTO Amendment Act explained on Breakfast with Martin Bester

Are you in the dark as to what the new AARTO Amendment Act will entail? 

Johannesburg highway
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The new AARTO laws aim to remove habitual traffic offenders from roads and national highways to make it safer for everyone. 

Much confusion surrounds the AARTO Act, which has been in force in Johannesburg and Tshwane since 2008, and its Amendment Act will be introduced nationally on Thursday, 1 July 2021, introducing the demerit system. 

According to AARTO, due to a high number of infringements that unfortunately result in fatalities on South Africa’s roads, AARTO will track habitual infringers and remove them from the roads through a points system.  

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Breakfast with Martin Bester spoke to Layton Beard of the Automobile Association regarding the AARTO system, as listeners are still in the dark regarding what the new AARTO Amendment Act entails. 

How will this system be implemented, how will traffic fines be handled, and what documents should be presented to the traffic police when being stopped?  

Martin Bester asks: "What is the proposed AARTO Amendment Act?"

Beard explains: "It is administrative process to free up the court to focus on crimes. In doing so, a motorist will get a fine and demerit points up to 15 will be implemented. Some of the minor offences will include speeding, if you so wish to fight against a certain fine you think you did not deserve, it will be handled by the appeals tribunal."

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