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Minister welcomes passing of Aarto Bill

Publish date: 11 September 2017
Issue Number: 742
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has welcomed the passing of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Amendment Bill, which would ensure that a demerit points system for drivers will be implemented, notes a TimesLIVE report. The demerit points system docks points from the licences of drivers who contravene traffic rules. This will result in the cancellation of driving licences for repeat offenders. Maswanganyi said the demerit points system would provide for an easy and objective mechanism to identify habitual infringers so that the applicable penalties could be imposed. ‘Those that continue to break the laws will find themselves ultimately losing their driving licences.’ Maswanganyi said the tabling of the Aarto Bill was a direct result of the untenable and unsustainable road safety challenge in SA. ‘South Africa has been experiencing a tremendous loss of lives‚ especially of young people‚ as well as the continued disregard of road traffic laws.’

Full TimesLIVE report