Aarto bill can't be rushed, says committee chair

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport has been holding a second round of public hearings into the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Bill.

It’s been more than a year since amendments to the AARTO Bill were first proposed, with plans including the controversial demerit system and the proposal of a tribunal to deal with challenges.

Committee chair Dikeledi Magadzi says the aim of the Bill is to ensure road safety and to address the challenge of road carnage and cannot be rushed.

The chairperson of the committee says this is not something that they can rush. They need to go through it very carefully and re-draft the bill where necessary.

Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter

EWN's Lindsay Dentlinger reports that only one organisation gave an oral submission and the committee is reviewing submission made last year with the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA).

They are trying to determine which of the proposals are worth including, where they have misunderstood the intention behind the Bill and try clarify issues people have raised.

Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter

Submissions have been made from a wide range of organisations including the South African National Taxi Council, the National Taxi Alliance, Business Unity SA, and the Road Freight Association.

Take a listen to the EWN update:

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