For the gatvol motorists of Gauteng, it will soon become much more difficult to avoid paying your e-tolls. That’s because the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) is set to come into effect from July 2021, and as an official piece of government legislation, a failure to pay-up at the gantries will be branded a ‘criminal offence’.
AARTO will introduce a ‘demerit points system’, which will total up a driver’s offences and add penalty points onto their license depending on the severity of their indiscretions: Speeding, dangerous driving, and running stop signs will all contribute to your demerit totals – and we are just nine months away from these new laws coming into effect.
The bill itself splits motorists into two categories. Operator class vehicles, and light vehicles. The proposed penalties will be determined on the type of vehicle an individual is driving, with professional motorists set to pay more than those operating a motor privately. Here’s how AARTO will punish non-compliant drivers from next winter onwards:
Fred Nel is the Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport in Gauteng. He has called upon Cyril Ramaphosa to have the final say on the future of e-tolls, imploring the president to rapidly come to a decision on whether they should stay or go.
“The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to decide on the future of e-tolls as a matter of urgency, before AARTO takes effect in July 2021. The act is just another way to force motorists to pay for e-tolls.”
“We have always been against the implementation of e-tolls as this is an unfair burden on the residents of Gauteng who are already struggling to make ends meet. What is clear is that residents are not prepared to pay for e-tolls. We cannot have a situation where motorists are fined for something which they were not consulted on in the first place.”Fred Nel