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    Question: 1
    What is the difference between AARTO and Demerit Point System?

    AARTO: The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, 1998 is an act of the Parliament of South Africa which introduces a points demerit system for violations of traffic law. It is managed by the Road Traffic Infringement Agency, a public entity under the Department of Transport.
    Demerits Point System: Points demerit systems worldwide are intended to discourage motorists from disobeying the law by putting their privilege to drive in jeopardy if they flout the law.

    Question: 2
    How traffic fines are handled now?

    Currently, the way traffic fines are issued and processed by the authorities in almost every jurisdiction of the country is through using the Criminal Procedure Act. As its name implies, it is a criminal process and regards all violations of traffic law to be criminal offences. These offences are prosecuted by the NPA, mainly in the lower (Magistrates’) courts.



    PDF File  AARTO7-Nomination of driver
    PDF File  AARTO4-Application to pay in instalments
    PDF File  AARTO10-Election to be tried in court
    PDF File  AARTO14-Revocation of enforcement order
    PDF File  AARTO8-Representation

    Latest News

    AARTO Amendment Act 4 of 2019

    The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment Act 4 of 2019 intends: to amend the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, 1998, so as : to substitute and insert certain definitions; to improve the manner of serving documents to infringers; to add to the functions of the Road Traffic Infringement Authority; to repeal certain obsolete provisions; to establish and administer rehabilitation programmes; to provide for the apportionment of penalties; to provide for the establishment of the Appeals Tribunal and matters related thereto; to effect textual corrections; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

    What is AARTO?

    AARTO is the abbreviation for the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act and is the new “administrator” of the National Road Traffic Act.

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