On Wednesday, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi welcomed the passing of a bill that will ensure a de-merit points system for drivers is implemented. The National Assembly passed the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill on Tuesday and it will become law once it has been signed by President Jacob Zuma. The de-merit points system docks points from the licences of drivers who contravene traffic rules, and will result in the cancellation of driving licences for repeat offenders. Addressing Parliament‚ Maswanganyi said the system would provide for an easy and objective mechanism to identify habitual infringers so the applicable penalties could be imposed. "Those that continue to break laws will find themselves ultimately losing their driving licences through their suspension and cancellation." Maswanganyi said the tabling of the AARTO Bill was a direct result of the untenable and unsustainable road safety challenge in the country. "SA has been exper...

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