'Aarto Amendment Act takes away right to be tried before an ordinary court'

President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the contentious Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment (Aarto) Bill into law this week.

The bill could see violators of traffic law have their licences suspended or cancelled.

RELATED: 'Aarto bill there to create revenue, not to promote road safety'

Bongani Bingwa chats to Justice Project South Africa chairperson Howard Dembovsky about the bill.

He says the new laws allow a motorist to incur 12 demerit points and still keep his or her driving licence.

In other words, the Aarto Act condones drunk driving and allows you to be convicted twice and retain your driving licence. The Aarto Amendment Act completely takes away your right to be tried before an ordinary court.

Howard Dembovsky, Chairperson - Justice Project South Africa

If a traffic officer alleges that you have committed an infringement, then you have committed that infringement.

Howard Dembovsky, Chairperson - Justice Project South Africa

He says the only recourse is to make a representation to the Road Traffic Infringement Authority. If that is unsuccessful, then you have to make a payment of a fee to be prescribed by the minister within 30 days.

Listen below to the full interview:


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