AARTO’s new demerit system –How you may lose your licence on penalised points

Posted on: Feb 22, 2019, in Blog
AARTO's new demerit system

After two decades of processing, the controversial Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) moves a step closer to implementing a stringent demerit system that promises to remove habitual traffic offenders from South Africa’s roads and highways.

How does the system work?

The draft, soon to be signed off by the president will see that every driver will start with zero points, and will face a three-month licence suspension for every one point over 12 points.  Once a driver’s licence is suspended for the third time, it is cancelled and destroyed.

Drivers who continue to drive after their licence has been suspended are liable to a fine or imprisonment of up to one year. The amount of demerit points a driver has accrued will reduce by one for every three months in which no demerits are incurred.

Demerit points

The applicable fines and demerits for traffic infringements are detailed below. It is possible to accrue multiple demerit points in a single incident, as the points are awarded per violation.

How to make the AARTO’s new demerit system work for you?

  • Obey the rules of the road
  • Never driver an un-roadworthy vehicle
  • Ensure your vehicle are clearly placarded (for dangerous goods vehicle)
  • Complete thorough pre and post trip inspections
  • Bring defaults to the attention of your supervisors without delay
  • Report any overloading
  • Make the driver accountable for the demerit points
  • Company should proxies should manage their infringements processes to avoid licence suspension, that may halt operations
  • Response to all infringements notices within 32 days

Demerit system for fleet owners

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NOSA Logistics’ AARTO workshops are designed to impart the knowledge of what AARTO is and how it works to all people in your company who hold driving licenses and these workshops deal with a lot more than just AARTO. They also deal with other issues relating to traffic law and driver behaviour and aim to impart a greater understanding of both, your rights and your responsibilities as a holder of a driving licence.

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