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12 Driver demerit points and your licence will be cancelled

In an open letter to the new transport minister, Fikile Mbalula the Automobile Association (AA) has voiced concerns that require urgent attention with regards to the new demerit system.

While the concept of point-based system seems like a good idea whereby the bad will be punished, the middle receive a warning and the good are left alone, the AA said that it does not in any way make the roads safer for motorists.  This was the initial intention.

Instead, it appears to have become another way in which authorities can collect revenue as there is no consideration to safety or the proper application of laws.

The implementation of AARTO was meant to ensure the proper licencing of drivers and vehicles, a better application of vehicle road worthiness and a comprehensive approach to rooting out bribery and corruption, said the AA.

It appears more emphasis has been placed on speeding, cellphone usage while driving and reckless behaviour than checking for expired discs through the eNATIS licensing system.

The bill is still waiting to be signed into law by president Cyril Ramaphosa, but as it stands, these are the fines and demerit points you can expect:

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The biggest changes in the amended bill include:

  • Failing to pay traffic fines will result in not being able to renew driving or vehicle licences and will incur additional administrative fees and penalties.
  • Documents which were previously sent via registered mail will now be sent electronically and reminders will be sent via WhatsApp and SMS.
  • Should a motorist receive more than 12 demerit points, the result will be a disqualification of the driving licence and three suspensions will result in cancellation of drivers licence.