Government introducing new driving rules in South Africa from October

The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) says that it is making progress on the phased national rollout of the new Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) system, with phase 2 of the project starting on 1 October.

The Aarto system will penalise drivers and fleet operators who are guilty of traffic offences or infringements by imposing demerit points that could lead to the suspension or cancellation of licences, professional driving permits or operator cards.

Phase 1 of the Aarto, which ran from July to September 2021, has seen the RTIA increase its national footprint through the implementation of seven service outlets and online services such as the Aarto website and deployment of the Aarto mobile application.

Phase 2 of the project, which will run between October and December 2021, will see the Aarto come online in 67 local and metropolitan municipal areas, the agency said.

“This is accompanied by the appointment of the Independent Appeals Tribunal and introduction of electronic service of documents,” the RTIA said.

“Implementation partners in the Aarto value chain are all on board as the preparations for the full-scale national rollout are intensifying. There is an adjustment of the current incremental introduction of Phase 2 projected to culminate on 1 December 2021 to coincide with the national road safety festive season programme launch.”

The agency said that the project is still on track for all four phases, with the new points demerit system and driver rehabilitation programme going live on 1 July 2022.

A further breakdown of the different phases can be found below:

Phase Dates Description
Phase 1 1 July 2021 –
30 September 2021
  • Establishment of 7 Aarto Service Outlets.
  • The start of the processing of Aarto elective options in Issuing Authorities & Aarto Service Outlets.
  • Deepen nationwide Aarto awareness.
Phase 2 1 October 2021 –
31 December 2021
  • Implementation of Aarto in 67 local & metro municipal areas.
  • 18 Aarto Service Outlets will also be established.
  • Aarto adjudication process shall also commence.
  • The Appeals Tribunal will become functional.
Phase 3 1 January 2022 –
30 June 2022
  • Introduction of Aarto in the remaining proclaimed 144 Local Municipal Areas
Phase 4 1 July 2022
  • Introduction of the Points Demerit System on 01 July 2022.
  • Phasing in of the Rehabilitation program.
  • 20 self-service kiosks will also be established.

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Government introducing new driving rules in South Africa from October