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What is AARTO and what does it mean for you?

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What is AARTO and what does it mean for you?

AARTO stands for Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences, and the AARTO system could make a big difference to your life! The AARTO Amendment Act was officially introduced on 1 July 2021, but there has actually been very little information officially published about it to date.

The AARTO system is based on a demerit point system, where drivers earn points for various infractions of the law. All drivers start with zero points, and are given points if they commit a traffic violation. Different numbers of points are prescribed to different traffic violations. If a driver exceeds 15 points, their license will be suspended for three months for each demerit point above 15. So if your license reaches 16 demerit points, you license will be suspended for 3 months. If your license reaches 18 demerit points, it will be suspended for 9 months.

If you exceed the 15-point threshold three times, your license will be permanently cancelled and you will need to start from scratch by gaining a learner's license and then a driver's license. And before you can do this, you need to wait for the latest suspension period to be over.

Demerit points are reduced by 1 point every 3 months, so that if you have three points and don't commit any further violations, your license will return to 0 points after 9 months.

As an indication of how quickly it will be possible to lose reach 15 points, driving at 89-90km/h in a 60km/h area will be penalised with 5 points, while failing to stop at a Stop street would result in a 2-point penalty.

While the AARTO system was launched on the 1st July 2021, the demerit point system hasn't been implemented yet. The act will be rolled out in four phases, during which all municipalities will be added to the AARTO system. Phase four will begin on 1 July 2022, which is when the demerit points system will be activated.

An important aspect of AARTO is that traffic violations are now divided into infringements and offences, with offences being more serious and resulting in criminal records.

 

What is AARTO and what does it mean for you?

AARTO stands for Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences, and the AARTO system could make a big difference to your life! The AARTO Amendment Act was officially introduced on 1 July 2021, but there has actually been very little information officially published about it to date.

The AARTO system is based on a demerit point system, where drivers earn points for various infractions of the law. All drivers start with zero points, and are given points if they commit a traffic violation. Different numbers of points are prescribed to different traffic violations. If a driver exceeds 15 points, their license will be suspended for three months for each demerit point above 15. So if your license reaches 16 demerit points, you license will be suspended for 3 months. If your license reaches 18 demerit points, it will be suspended for 9 months.

If you exceed the 15-point threshold three times, your license will be permanently cancelled and you will need to start from scratch by gaining a learner's license and then a driver's license. And before you can do this, you need to wait for the latest suspension period to be over.

Demerit points are reduced by 1 point every 3 months, so that if you have three points and don't commit any further violations, your license will return to 0 points after 9 months.

As an indication of how quickly it will be possible to lose reach 15 points, driving at 89-90km/h in a 60km/h area will be penalised with 5 points, while failing to stop at a Stop street would result in a 2-point penalty.

While the AARTO system was launched on the 1st July 2021, the demerit point system hasn't been implemented yet. The act will be rolled out in four phases, during which all municipalities will be added to the AARTO system. Phase four will begin on 1 July 2022, which is when the demerit points system will be activated.

An important aspect of AARTO is that traffic violations are now divided into infringements and offences, with offences being more serious and resulting in criminal records.