AARTO Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, 1998 (Act No. 46 of 1998, as amended)
Contents Brief Introduction Objectives of the AARTO Act The AARTO Process Role-Players, Responsibilities, Procedures & Systems Process to Operationalize the AARTO Act Conclusion
Brief Introduction The AARTO Act was approved by Parliament in September 1998, followed by 3 amendments in 1999, 2000 and 2002. The main reasons for developing the Act are: Only 20% of traffic offenders pay their fines; Road traffic offences are not a priority in the court system; and More than 95% of road casualties can be directly related to traffic violations. In February 2007 the Minister of Transport decided that the Act must be implemented as follows: As a 6 to 12 months pilot in the Tshwane Magisterial District; and thereafter nationally.
Objectives of the Act Section 2: The objectives of this Act, despite the Criminal Procedures Act, are: 1.To encourage law compliance; 2.To encourage payment of penalties; 3.To establish a procedure for effective and expeditious adjudication of infringements; 4.To alleviate the burden on courts; 5.To penalise infringers through allocation of demerit points and the suspension of licences, operator cards, etc; 6.To reward good behaviour by reducing points; 7.To strengthen co-operation between enforcement & prosecuting authorities; and 8.Establish an Agency for the process.
Conclusion: Progress to date Progress to date includes the following: Master Implementation Plan done Business Process Analysis conducted eNaTIS Contravention Register being finalized Service providers appointed for: -AARTO training -Public marketing & communication -Consultant to assist in the process AARTO Technical Committee formed AARTO unit established
Progress continued Draft regulations published for comment on 28 September 2007 (Government Gazette No. 30295) Project eForce finalized AARTO website being developed Risk analysis being conducted Appointment of RTIA Board being finalized Appointment of RTIA Registrar being finalized
Outstanding Issues Appointment of Representation officers Appointment of Sheriffs SLA between RTIA & RTMC RTIA strategic & business plans SLA between RTMC & Issuing Authorities SLA between RTMC & Post Office