Month: July 2016

National rollout of AARTO

JOHANNESBURG – Following the questions posed by News24 and the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa regarding the national rollout of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act, 46 of 1998, justice Project South Africa (JPSA) also wishes to weigh in on the subject.

JPSA has supported the idea of the implementation of a points-demerit system in South Africa from the onset and is also highly supportive of the decriminalisation of minor road traffic infringements, as well as the properly defined procedures and timeframes which the AARTO Act introduces.

We have noted that, subsequent to the Deputy Minister of Transport announcing last year that the AARTO Act would be rolled out nationally from 1 April 2016, this has not happened and the Minister of Transport has, in her budget speech before Parliament on 10 May 2016, appealed to the Portfolio Committee to expedite the processing of AARTO Amendment Bill, 2015 before Parliament. Continue reading