Road traffic crashes annually cause in the region of 14 000 deaths and has a resultant cost to the economy of more than R162 billion. Many of these deaths are preventable, injuries could have been prevented and the money could be better spent on services such health or education. As the industry body for Intelligent Transport Systems, ITS South Africa has a duty and obligation to promote road safety and help prevent road traffic crashes, mitigate injuries and reduce the cost of crashes to the economy.
It has been announced that the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill which President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law will be implemented with effect from June 2020 and we are awaiting the publication of the appropriate Government Gazette to confirm the commencement date.
Aarto will result in a demerit system for drivers, who lose points for traffic offences, which may result in the loss of a driving license. While there are positive facets to Aarto, there are many potential pitfalls! Laudable objectives may be tripped-up with the devil in the detail. Adv Niel Louwrens will give us an informed insight into the mechanisms and implications of AARTO. meeting.
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