The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill has been given the thumbs down by the Western Cape provincial standing committee on Transport and Public Works.
The bill introduces a demerit system which means motorists with many digressions will have points taken away and will eventually loose their license.
Chairperson of the Western Cape Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works, Nceba Hinana, spoke to Kieno Kammies saying even though they said no to the bill, it doesn't mean that they want recklessness on the roads to continue.
It is not that we don't want recklessness on the roads to be curtailed or to be stopped, but the way the system is going to be applied and the adverse effects of the application.— Nceba Hinana, Chairperson of the Western Cape Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works
For instance, the issue of the demerit system and the taking away of licences. People who are on the road, mostly business people and individuals have those licences and are observing the rules of the road. If any offence is happening, people must be convicted and prosecuted for the offence that they committed.— Nceba Hinana, Chairperson of the Western Cape Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works
But if we are going to apply the the demerit system with points that will be deducted, every motorist is going to be given 12 points and depending on the nature of the offence, you might end up loosing all your points. And that is what we are saying, this will create havoc as there are already traffic officers that putting the pressure to motorist to comply.— Nceba Hinana, Chairperson of the Western Cape Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works
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