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South African government to introduce new driving rules from October

The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) says that it is making progress on the phased national rollout of the new Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) system, with phase 2 of the project commencing on 1 October.

The Aarto system will punish drivers and fleet operators who are guilty of violating traffic rules or infringements by imposing demerit points that could lead to the suspension or even cancellation of licences, professional driving permits or operator cards.

Phase 1 of the Aarto, which ran from July to September 2021, has seen the RTIA rise its national footprint through the implementation of seven service outlets and online services such as the Aarto website and deployment of the Aarto mobile application.

Phase 2 of the project, which will run between October and December 2021, will see the Aarto come online in 67 local and metropolitan municipal areas, the agency said.

“This is accompanied by the appointment of the Independent Appeals Tribunal and introduction of electronic service of documents,” RTIA said.

“Implementation partners in the Aarto value chain are all on board as the preparations for the full-scale national rollout are intensifying. There is a change of the current incremental introduction of Phase 2 projected to reach its peak on 1 December 2021 to coincide with the national road safety festive season programme launch.”

The agency said that the project is still underway for all four phases, with the new demerit points system and driver rehab programme going live on 1 July 2022.

An extended breakdown of the different phases can be found below:

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