Mashinini welcomes the signing of Aarto Bill


Free State MEC for the Department of Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini, has welcomed the signing of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

South Africa experiences an average of about 14 000 deaths per annum, which translates to about 38 people a day, who lose their lives on South Africa’s roads. “This situation cannot be allowed to continue as the country is a signatory to the United Nations Decade of Actions for Road Safety 2011 to 2020, and we are expected to reduce road carnages by 50% during this period,” said Mashinini.

The AARTO act will be implemented once it has been published in the Government Gazette, and is expected to help improve fine collection procedures and revenue stream that will be used for improving road safety.

The Act will bring into operation new provisions of traffic law such as the addition of the electronic serving of infringement documents setting up of points, demerit system and creation of rehabilitation centres for habitual infringers.

Points and fines may change as the system prepares for a national roll-out, the tables below give an overview of how the points may be allocated as currently set out by the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA): 

Infringement Fine amount Demerit points
Licences and miscellaneous
Driving an unregistered vehicle R500 1
Driving an unlicensed vehicle R500 1
Driving a vehicle with licence plate not visible R500 1
Driving without a driving licence R1 250 4
Driving without a seat belt R250 0
Driving under influence of intoxicating substance Determined by court 6
Driving while holding and using a cell phone R500 1
Failing to stop
Skipping a stop sign (light vehicles) R500 1
Skipping a stop sign (buses, trucks) R750 2
Skipping a red light (light vehicles) R500 1
Skipping a red light (buses, trucks) R750 2
Failing to yield to a pedestrian R500 1
Overtaking and overloading
Overtaking across a barrier line (light vehicles) R500 1
Overtaking across a barrier line (buses, trucks) R750 2
Overloading a vehicle with max 56,000kg combination mass by 12-13.99% R1 500 5
81-85km/h in a 60km/h zone R750 2
100km/h+ in a 60km/h zone Determined by court 6
106-110km/h in an 80km/h zone R1 000 3
120km/h+ in an 80km/h zone Determined by court 6
121-125km/h in a 100km/h zone R750 2
131-135km/h in a 100km/h zone R1 250 4
140km/h+ in a 100km/h zone Determined by court 6
131-135km/h in a 120km/h zone R250 0
141-145km/h in a 120km/h zone R750 2
151-155km/h in a 120km/h zone R1 250 4
160km/h+ in a 120km/h zone Determined by court 6

Source: Business Tech

Mashinini called on road users to continue to strive to increase respect for human life and to treat road carnages with the seriousness it deserves.