SA driver demerit system to hit roads in 2016

The demerit system could result in drivers losing their licences or having them suspended.

MBOMBELA – The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) was signed into law in September 1998, but has become somewhat of an urban legend as one minister after the other postponed implementation.

A pilot project that saw an attempted roll-out in Tshwane and Johannesburg led to the legality of the system being challenged in court. Although this did put a spanner in the works, Japh Chuwe, registrar of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency, is now positive that the system is good to go.

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In an interview with Redi Tlhabi of 702 Radio, Chuwe said, “We are ready with the implementation of the points demerit system. We are looking at (implementing in) the next financial year which starts in April 2016. Then we will roll-out the Aarto, including the points demerit system.”

The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) will be responsible for the administration of Aarto. According to RTIA, demerit points will be allocated to both drivers and vehicles. Upon implementation of the demerit system, everybody will commence with zero (0) points.

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Demerit points will be incurred

• when payment is made for an infringement committed, or when an application to make payments in instalments is recorded

• when found guilty of an infringement or offence by a court; and

• when an enforcement order is served on an infringer.

Upon exceeding a total of 12 points, a driving licence, professional driving permit, vehicle licence or operator card will be suspended for a period in months equal to three times the points that exceed 12.

Demerit points will be deducted at a rate of one (1) point for every three months on the proviso that no additional points have been incurred over this period.

For a full downloadable list of the amount of demerit points allocated to all offences, visit

Also read:

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Download the full RITA points guide here – note that prices will be updated in 2016

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Benno Stander
Online editor / features writer

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