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AARTO has been declared lawful. Image: RTMC.

‘A necessary law’: Transport Minister lauds ruling on AARTO Act

The Constitutional Court ruled that the AARTO Act is valid and lawful. This paves the way for a driver demerit system in the country.

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AARTO has been declared lawful. Image: RTMC.

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga says the judgement handed down by the Constitutional Court on the Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act affirms the  long-held view that this a necessary law to advance efforts in arresting the carnage on our roads.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) had challenged AARTO, arguing that it was impractical and about making money for the government rather than improving road safety in South Africa.

OUTA approached the courts in October 2021, asking that the main act and the amendment act be declared unconstitutional and invalid. In January 2022, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled in OUTA’s favour and agreed with its position.

TRANSPORT MINISTER REACTS TO AARTO RULING 

Chikunga said the judgement clarifies Schedule 4 matters of concurrent function between the national and provincial sphere and Schedule 5, which is exclusive provincial competence. 

“Our assertion that AARTO is part of Road Regulation and thus concurrent competence has been confirmed by the highest court in the land.

“The AARO Act is an important cog in our road traffic law enforcement interventions aimed at arresting the carnage on our roads and altering driver behaviour. This will reinforce other interventions such as classifying traffic policing as a 24-hour, 7-day job alongside the regulation of driving schools and introduction of an NQF level 6 training for traffic law enforcement officers,” she said. 

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Image: RTIA.

Furthermore, Chikunga said they would equally move with speed by implementing the points demerit system, an important cornerstone of the AARTO Act intended to drive motorist behaviour on our roads.  

HERE’S HOW MUCH YOU’LL PAY

Here are several handy lists of AARTO violations and their associated demerit points. Click on the links below to be in the know:

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