New traf­fic amend­ment bill aimed at curb­ing of­fences

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A NEW set of traf­fic laws and reg­u­la­tions has been passed as part of a bid to stop road deaths, all as part of the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ad­ju­di­ca­tion of Road Traf­fic Of­fences (Aarto) Amend­ment Bill.

Min­is­ter of Trans­port Joe Maswan­ganyi wel­comed the bill’s changes, which are aimed at dis­cour­ag­ing in­fringe­ments and re­duc­ing ac­ci­dents and loss of life on South African roads.

Ve­hi­cle crash-re­lated deaths are ris­ing at an as­ton­ish­ing rate year on year. In 2014, there were 12 702 fa­tal­i­ties, in 2015 this in­creased to 12 994 and in 2016, 14 071 deaths were recorded – an alarm­ing in­crease of 1 077 from the pre­vi­ous year.

Each driver should con­sider what he or she can doto help make safer roads a re­al­ity.

Each should take a look at their driv­ing habits us­ing apps like the Dialdirect In­surance App and be­come fa­mil­iar with the new traf­fic law changes and their im­pact.

1) The de­merit sys­tem – each driver starts on zero points. Each vi­o­la­tion of a traf­fic law comes with its own num­ber of de­merit points. Reach 12 points and your li­cence could be sus­pended. Get three sus­pen­sions and your li­cence will be can­celled.

2) Cen­tral­i­sa­tion of in­fringer in­for­ma­tion – with the cre­ation of a Na­tional Road Traf­fic Of­fences Reg­is­ter, in­fringe­ments and of­fences of every bad driver will be recorded.

3) Spe­cial ap­peals tri­bunal – le­git­i­mate griev­ances of mo­torists will be heard by this tri­bunal which will be re­spon­si­ble for ad­ju­di­cat­ing, hear- ing ap­peals and mak­ing judg­ments. If the per­son is not happy with the out­come, how­ever, he/she may still ap­peal the tri­bunal’s de­ci­sion in the High Court.

4) Reg­is­tered owner al­ways li­able for fines – the only time this may not ap­ply is if the owner can pro­vide a list of spec­i­fied de­tails of the per­son who they al­lowed to drive their ve­hi­cle.

5) Re­moval of cer­tain harsher pun­ish­ments – the fol­low­ing will no longer be al­lowed: con­fis­ca­tion of non-com­pli­ant in­fringer’s driver’s li­cence; re­mov­ing the li­cence disc from his/her ve­hi­cle; and im­mo­bil­is­ing his/her ve­hi­cle.

6) Re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing of­fend­ers – this pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to pos­i­tively in­flu­ence those driv­ers whose li­cences have been sus­pended or can­celled and re-ed­u­cate them on the im­por­tance of com­ply­ing with traf­fic laws.

7) Easy ac­cess to doc­u­ments on­line – road users will be able to check the sta­tus of their in­fringe­ments at any time. This ser­vice not only has a con­ve­nience ben­e­fit but also a fi­nan­cial one, re­duc­ing costs for both the State and road users.

With the launch of its driv­ing mon­i­tor­ing app, DialDirect In­surance has said it is en­cour­aged by the new changes in law.

“As much as it is your re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­here to road rules and traf­fic laws, you also need to know what your rights are as a mo­torist and how to ex­er­cise them. That means keep­ing up to date with any changes and their im­pli­ca­tions,” said War­wick Scot­tRodger, ex­ec­u­tive head of Dialdirect In­surance.

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