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Aarto 'go' cancelled - yet again

2012-03-07 09:31

It's been stopped yet again! The Administrative Adjudication of Traffic Offences Act (Aarto) will now NOT be implemented on April 1, 2012.

It's implementation has been promised since 1998 and if you want to know more about it read transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele's info pamphlet Aarto Made Easy.

The announcement was made after a meeting of the shareholders of the Road Traffic Management Corporation made up of the national transport minister, the nine provincial MEC's and two representatives of the South African Local Government Association.

The Western Cape's minister of transport and public works, Robin Carlisle, welcomed not only the decision but also that another meeting of RTMC shareholders would be held to consider the major problems confronting Aarto's implementation.

'SOUND APPROACH'

Among them are the high percentage of drivers without legal licences, the even higher proportion of incorrect home addresses on the eNatis system and the imperative of ensuring that municipal traffic law enforcement capacity was not reduced by Aarto's implementation.

"This is a very sound approach to the implementation of AARTO," Carlisle added. "We will only have one chance to get Aarto right. If we do it right, we will create a powerful and positive force to improve national road safety.

"If we do get it wrong, however, we will do inestimable damage to road safety."