According to the AA, over 14,071 people died on South African roads in 2016 – a significant jump from 12,944 fatalities recorded in 2015. This is an alarming 9% increase, with more than 1,120 road fatalities occurring, year-on-year.
“These figures are alarming, and should worry every motorist in the country. These numbers seem to indicate that awareness campaigns and education initiatives are not working well enough, driver attitudes are getting worse, and that law enforcement is not making the impact it should,” said the AA.
Since the release of these alarming statistics and in an attempt to stop the carnage on South African roads, details of South Africa’s tough new road measures were revealed earlier this month. The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) amendment bill was passed in the National Assembly on Tuesday, 5th September 2017 and will now head to the National Council of Provinces for adoption, after which it needs to be signed into law by the President. The new bill aims to remove dangerous drivers from the roads by suspending or confiscating their license if traffic laws are not obeyed.
The aim is to have the new system in place by 31st March 2018.
How will this new system affect you, the motorist?
- The Demerit System
- Centralisation of infringement information and online service for documentation
- Special appeals tribunal
- The registered vehicle owner is always liable for fines
- Removal of certain traffic law punishments
- Confiscation of non-compliant infringer’s driver’s license
- Removing the license disc from motorist’s vehicle
- Immobilising the motorist’s vehicle
- Rehabilitating offenders