EXPLAINER: What Aarto means for drivers

The Transport Department has gazetted the latest draft AARTO regulations. eNCA's Silindelo Masikane has the details. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) will officially roll out in July 2021.

READ: Too late to fight Aarto bill, says Mbalula

The Transport Department gazetted the latest draft AARTO regulations in a big step forward to try and control behaviour on the roads.

READ: Insurance premiums likely to increase with Aarto

If you're habitual reckless driver, then your days of driving on South African roads are numbered if you don't start obeying the rules.

Drivers can be penalised for speeding, ignoring road signs and running red lights.

READ: Justice Project South Africa wants Aarto amended

JMPD's Xolani Fihla says, "we do see that there's a lot of reckless driving. We do have a lot of fatal accidents on the road. With the demerit points system and the AARTO system, it is meant to change the behaviour of the driver, and reduce fatalities and the accidents."

  • A car's roadworthiness can lead to a penalty.
  • Demerit points for a single offence range from 1 to 6 - depending on the severity of the incident.
  • One point will be taken off your demerit list, for every three months you go without a penalty.
  • You are allowed to accumulate a maximum of 15 points on your license.
  • For every point over the 15-point mark - it will add a three-month suspension onto your license.
  • You're allowed two disqualifications, but a third disqualification will lead to your  license being revoked and you will have to reapply for a new license.

Visit the www.aarto.gov.za for more information on AARTO.


Paid Content