Road bill paves way for licence demerit system
The demerit system docks points from the licences of drivers who contravene traffic rules
Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has welcomed the passing of a bill that would ensure the implementation of a demerit points system. The National Assembly passed the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Amendment Bill on Tuesday. The demerit system docks points from the licences of drivers who contravene traffic rules. This will result in the cancellation of driving licences for repeat offenders. The bill will become law once it has been signed by President Jacob Zuma. Addressing Parliament on Tuesday‚ Maswanganyi said the demerit points system would provide for an easy and objective mechanism with which to identify habitual infringers so that the applicable penalties could be imposed. "Those that continue to break the laws will find themselves ultimately losing their driving licences through suspensions and cancellations of their drivers’ licences." Loss of lives Maswanganyi said the tabling of the Aarto bill was a direct response to the untenable and unsu...