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Here is everything you need to know about the major changes. Photo: AARTO.

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New AARTO laws target reckless and negligent drivers

Now that the validity of the AARTO Act has been endorsed in the Constitutional Court, the new act will target reckless and negligent drivers. This was the sticking point for the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), which had AARTO overturned in a Pretoria High Court by arguing the new laws were not motivated by improving safety, reducing […]

new SA traffic rules
Here is everything you need to know about the major changes. Photo: AARTO.

Now that the validity of the AARTO Act has been endorsed in the Constitutional Court, the new act will target reckless and negligent drivers.

This was the sticking point for the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), which had AARTO overturned in a Pretoria High Court by arguing the new laws were not motivated by improving safety, reducing fatalities and removing reckless and negligent drivers from our roads.

RECKLESS AND NEGLIGENT DRIVERS BEWARE

Now, the Department of Transport has said it approves of the findings of the apex court and will roll the system out across the country with speed and without delay.

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“The implementation of this law across the country has been pending for 25 years. In the coming days, the department will ensure that the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) mobilises the necessary capacity and proceeds with its rollout plans across the country,” it said.

DEMERIT SYSTEM COMING ONLINE SOON

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AARTO has been declared lawful. Image: RTMC.

Similarly, the department said it would implement the point-based demerit system as soon as possible, as it is “… an important cornerstone of the Aarto Act intended to drive motorist behaviour on our roads.”

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Chief Justice Raymond Zondo believes AARTO will improve the safety of motorists on South African roads and, as a result, penalties against reckless and negligent drivers will be heavy handed.

WHAT THIS MEANS RECKLESS AND NEGLIGENT DRIVERS

Below is a list of all reckless and negligent fines and the demerit points that go with them. And as you’ll see, they carry the strictest sanctions of all:

Violation Fine Points
Reckless driving Court 6
Inconsiderate driving R250 0
Driving under the influence Court 6
Blood alcohol level for:
Motorist not less than 0,05 g per 100 ml Court 6
PrDP driver not less than 0,02 g per 100 ml Court 6
Breath alcohol level for:
Motorist not less than 0,24 mg per 1 000 ml Court 6
PrDP driver not less than 0,10 mg per 1 000 ml Court 6
Smoked before blood/breath test R1 250 4
Refusing to give blood or breath sample R1 500 5

There are currently 2 659 offences listed on the AARTO website, including their fines and associated demerit points. You can find a full list of them HERE.

FULL LIST OF AARTO FINES

We’ve compiled lists of all the following AARTO fines and their demerit points:

As a reminder, motorists may only receive 15 demerit points on their license before suspension. You can be suspended twice before your driving license is taken away permanently. Each suspension means having to retake a driver’s/learner’s qualification test.

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