Friday, July 17, 2009

Points-demerit system in South Africa

An email has been going around claiming that the point system has been implemented in South Africa. This is not true. I have received about ten copies of this email and I think it's just fair that we all have the facts. Below is an article that proves differently.


During his address at the National Assembly on 3 July 2009 the Minister of Transport committed to the implementation of the AARTO (Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences) throughout the country in 2010. The AARTO seeks to effect an efficient road traffic management environment in the country.

The objective of the AARTO is to enhance road safety and instill the culture of compliance with road traffic safety legislation. To ensure compliance, the introduction of the points-demerit system will be implemented as part of the national roll out in 2010.

The purpose of the pilot project both in Tshwane and Johannesburg was to identify problem areas in the legislation and operational environment as the forerunner to the national roll out in 2010. Currently, attention is being paid to both aspects of the pilot project namely legislation and operation which includes communication to ensure a smooth roll out.

Infringers issued with infringement notices in both pilot projects will be aware of the allocation of the demerit points on the infringement notices received. This is part of the educational and communication awareness drive to inform infringing motorists of the workings of the demerit points system. Currently motorists are not being penalized in terms of the demerit point system. However, as from 2010 when the demerit point system is implemented throughout South Africa, these demerit points will reflect against the driving license of infringing motorists on the National Contravention Register (NCR) on eNaTIS.

The demerit point system may lead to the suspension and ultimately to the cancellation of the driving license.

The best source of information is the website of AARTO at

For demerit points visit the AARTO Chargebook at


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