n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - The implementation of AARTO is breathing down our necks

Volume 113 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


In South Africa, fatalities due to vehicle crashes are a major contributor to unnatural deaths impacting negatively on our economic development and growth. The government and other road safety role-players are of the opinion that the introduction of a demerit point system will have a positive impact on the carnage on our roads. During the launch of Transport Month in Gauteng in October 2019, Pres Cyril Ramaphosa said: “AARTO is one of the interventions to forge a more effective and efficient link between enforcement and a transparent and fair adjudication process. The Act promotes responsible behaviour on our roads through the creation of a demerit system, which introduces meaningful consequences for reckless, negligent and inconsiderate conduct” (Lindwa, 2019).

AARTO has been dragging on for more than 20 years, yet when Pres Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Bill into law in 2019, there were more questions than answers. Thus, when Adv Mncedisi Bilikwana from the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) spoke about AARTO during the Intelligence Transfer Centre’s (ITC) 11th Road Safety Summit at the end

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