New Demerit System for Drivers Delayed Due COVID-19

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The Ministry of Transport wishes to notify road users that the national rollout date for the Administrative Adjudication of the Road Traffic Offences  (AARTO) Act had been delayed as a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus.

In August 2019, the AARTO Bill was signed into law and although no date was officially promulgated, it was intended to take national effect by mid-2020.

“However, the capacity of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA), which is the entity responsible for the rollout of AARTO, has been severely compromised by the COVID-19 outbreak,” the transport department said in a statement.

“The entity has suffered a significant loss of income.”

For this reason, RTIA is in no position at this stage, to fully conduct the national rollout of AARTO, said the ministry.

“The situation will be reviewed in due course for further determination as to when the rollout date be promulgated.”


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