Driving without a licence equals four demerit points!
Recently the controversial Demerit System was passed into law after President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill. The new law suggests substantial changes for South African drivers in the cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane in an effort to curb the country’s high road accident and fatality rate.
In a recent report, Wesbank explains that each driver will start off with zero points with a maximum permissible number of points of 12. “Points work on an accumulative basis with a different number of points assigned to specific traffic infringements, together with a fine. If you accumulate 12 or more points your licence will be suspended for a period of three months.”
“One point is reduced every three months if no further violations occur within the three-month period, but should you exceed three suspensions you could permanently lose your licence. A licence can be cancelled if it has been suspended for the third time.”
These are some of the traffic offences that could increase your demerit points:
The new demerit points system is similar to what is already in use in several European countries and has been adapted for South African road users. A driver/operator who is disqualified for the third time will permanently lose the license/operator card and will have to reapply for testing, as if they were a first-time license/operator applicant. The new system will also prevent you from renewing your drivers and/or vehicle licence if you do not pay your traffic fines.
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“According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation, a total of 12 921 people died on the country’s roads last year. Although this was an eight percent decrease when compared to the 14 0505 that had died in 2017, we are still losing too many lives to road fatalities. WesBank supports an environment of responsible driving where people are safe and adhere to the rules of our road,” says WesBank Head of Motor, Ghana Msibi.