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MEC Carlisle - 'AARTO must go'

2012-11-01 14:48

SCRAPPING AARTO AND RTMC: Minister Carlise believes that both AARTO and the Road Traffic Management Corporation should be scrapped.

CAPE TOWN -  Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle believes that the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act of 1998, (AARTO) in its current form should be scrapped and will oppose its implementation in his province.

Carlisle said: "I welcome the decision by the Automobile Association to add their weight to the many calls to completely scrap AARTO in its present form and under its totally dysfunctional and incompetent management.

"The initial implementation of AARTO in Tshwane and Johannesburg was a disaster and the post-mortem ordered by the minister has still not been published."

'SCRAP AARTO AND RTMC'

In 2010 Carlisle stated that AARTO would not be implemented in the Western Cape. "I have raised this matter in many meetings with the Road Traffic Management Corporation and formally requested the national transport minister to scrap both AARTO and the RTMC as a matter of urgency."

Carlisle believes AARTO, in terms of catching traffic offenders, has merit, but added: "The administering entities have made a complete hash of this system and are now broke and without resources. To implement AARTO in its present form will seriously impair our country’s already poorly functioning road-safety systems."

Earlier in October 2012 it was announced that the Gauteng e-tolling system would be implemented and that an initial capped tariff of 30c/km would be set for e-tag holders.'

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