How Will The Demerit System Affect You

The Department of Transport believes that the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) and the point demerit system which is set to be implemented throughout South Africa later this year will significantly reduce road crashes and deaths.

The objectives of Aarto include penalizing drivers and operators who are guilty of infringements or offences by imposing demerit points. An accumulation will lead to suspension and eventual cancellation of driving licenses, professional driving permits or operator cards.

“The demerit system is definitely a step in the right direction and will help decrease lawlessness on our roads. Drivers will be more responsible and adhere to road rules going forward,” said the AASA.

Here are some important things you need to know about the demerit system:

• Each driver will start out with zero points and then points will be added onto that for each infringement or offence commited by the driver. After the maximum points (12) have been reached, the license card will be suspended for 32 days
• Points are allocated according to infringements or offences committed
• The number of points/demerits added will depend on the severity of the offence and the driver may apply for the return of the license once the suspension period expires
• A driver whose license gets suspended for the third time will lose his/her license permanently and will have to reapply for testing and issue after the expiry of the disqualification period
• Drivers who have demerit points will be able to redeem their points with good behavior. Demerit points will be reduced at a rate of one point per three months that a driver complies with the rules of the road
• Operators receive points separately from their drivers.

If you want constant updates about this issue and a whole range of other issues about road safety and conditions, keep visiting the AA website and read the blog. You will also be able to post your comments.

“Once this is rolled out nationally, drivers will be forced to obey the rules of the road in order to avoid the embarrassment of having to re-apply for a license as a result of their own recklessness,”  the AASA concluded.

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