Another legal battle could be on the cards between civil society and the transport department in Gauteng.This time it is not about the controversial e-tolling system but rather a law that aims to change the way traffic fines are dealt with by the government‚ as suggested by the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment Bill (Aarto).The provincial portfolio committee on transport has begun holding public consultations on the bill‚ which was first published in 2013. Parliament published it in November 2015.Although the Road Traffic Infringement Agency said the bill would go a long way towards rehabilitating traffic offenders‚ Howard Dembovsky‚ chairperson of the Justice Project SA‚ described it as an "abomination" that has more to do with making money than road safety.The fundamental change introduced by the bill is that it removes some road traffic violations from the Criminal Procedure Act‚ opening the way for an administrative route to deal with certain violati...

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