Aarto demerit system to get more public input

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport will be conducting another round of public hearings on amendments to the traffic offences law.

Dikeledi Magadzi, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport says there were serious concerns which came from members of the public which needed to be looked at again.

She says there are two major issues which require further input and debate, the controversial demerit system and the proposal of a tribunal to deal with challenges.

We threw it back to the community asking them what do we do in terms of the demerit system and the infringements involving people.

Dikeledi Magadzi, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport

Magadzi says the institutions that made presentations on Wednesday felt that a tribunal will not be necessary as it is their constitutional right to go to court and argue their cases.

A demerit System was signed into law in 1998 as part of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act, Act 46 of 1998. It is based on similar systems used in Australia and the United Kingdom but was adapted to meet SA's local needs.

Good citizens will be turned into criminals if their licenses are taken away because of the demerit system. Are there no ways we can look into this matter so that we don't turn people into criminals.

Dikeledi Magadzi, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport

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