New traffic fine rules kick in on 1 July

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act will be implemented in five phases, each lasting around three months, starting on 1 July 2021. This is of huge concern for South African motorists and businesses that rely on road transport.

  • From next month the agency will begin laying the groundwork for the national rollout of Aarto
  • The AA says there are still too many unanswered questions surrounding the implementation of South Africa’s new driving infringement system
  • The last official information the public received about Aarto was on 19 May 2021
  • Phase 1 will also be where the RTIA ensures that the IT infrastructure is sufficient. This is so the National Traffic Information System (Natis) will be responsive to the Aarto system
  • Each phase to take roughly three months to implement and that it is currently not decided how the demerit points system will be phased in

How the demerit points system works
Under the new demerit system, motorists will be allowed to accumulate 15 demerit points on their licence before it is suspended. A licence may be suspended twice before it is cancelled.

There are currently 2 659 offences listed on the Aarto website.

When you receive a fine, you can choose to do one of five things:

  • Pay the fine within 32 days of receipt of the notice and receive an automatic 50% discount on the fine amount.
  • If the infringement notice issued is being disputed, the alleged infringer is allowed to make a representation. RTIA will adjudicate on the merits and if successful, the issued infringement notice will be cancelled.
  • Upon receipt of an infringement notice via registered mail, the alleged infringer is also allowed to make an arrangement with RTIA for paying their fine in instalments for fines of R750 or more over a period of six months.
  • Elect to be tried in court.
  • If they were not the designated driver of the vehicle at the time the traffic violation was committed, nominate a driver.
    If you elect to the pay the fine, or if you lose your case in court, 0–6 demerit points will be added to your licence depending on the offence committed.


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