Monday, February 1, 2016

SOUTH AFRICA'S DRIVER LICENCE DEMERIT SYSTEM | WITH FURY FORD SANDTON

According to a report by Wheels24, the South African driver demerit system will be launched in April 2016. The system, based on similar systems in Australia and the UK, will penalise drivers who break the law. Accruing a certain number of demerits could result in a driver’s licence being suspended or revoked.

The AARTO system will be managed by the Road Traffic Infringement Agency. It will oversee the demerit system – which works as follows:

  • A driver starts with zero points. (irrespective of the number of classes of vehicle licences held)
  • Demerit points are allocated according to offences committed. (there are different values for different infringements and offences)
  • Points are allocated on the date a fine is paid or when the person is convicted of the offence.
  • Operators receive points separately from their drivers. (ie a transport company receives points allocated to the operator's permit)
  • When you reach 13 points or more, your licence is suspended with effect from 32 days after the maximum points (12) were reached.
  • The suspension period is calculated in months equal to the number of points exceeding 12, multiplied by three.
  • The driver may apply for the return of the licence after the suspension.
  • A driver who is disqualified three times will lose their licence and will have to take their driver’s test again.
  • Demerit points will be reduced at a rate of one point per every three months.

The details below show how many points a driver will lose per offence, as per the Road Traffic Infringement Agency’s regulations.

Licences and miscellaneous

  • Driving an unregistered vehicle - R500 Fine - 1 demerit
  • Driving an unlicensed vehicle - R500 Fine - 1 demerit
  • Driving a vehicle with licence plate not visible - R500 Fine - 1 demerit
  • Driving without a driving licence - R1,250 Fine - 4 demerits
  • Driving without a seat belt - R250 Fine - 0 demerit
  • Driving under influence of intoxicating substance - Fine determined by court - 6 demerits
  • Driving while holding and using a cellphone - R500 Fine - 1 demerit

Failing to stop

  • Skipping a stop sign (light vehicles) - R500 Fine - 1 demerit
  • Skipping a stop sign (buses, trucks) - R750 Fine - 2 demerits
  • Skipping a red light (light vehicles) - R500 Fine - 1 demerit
  • Skipping a red light (buses, trucks) - R750 Fine - 2 demerits
  • Failing to yield to a pedestrian - R500 Fine - 1 demerit

Overtaking and overloading

  • Overtaking across a barrier line (light vehicles) - R500 Fine - 1 demerit
  • Overtaking across a barrier line (buses, trucks) - R750 Fine - 2 demerit
  • Overloading a vehicle with max 56,000kg combination mass by 12-13.99% - R1,500 Fine - 5 demerits

Speeding

  • 81-85km/h in a 60km/h zone - R750 Fine - 2 demerits
  • 100km/h+ in a 60km/h zone - Fine determined by court - 6 demerits
  • 106-110km/h in an 80km/h zone - R1,000 Fine - 3 demerits
  • 120km/h+ in an 80km/h zone - Fine determined by court - 6 demerits
  • 121-125km/h in a 100km/h zone - R750 Fine - 2 demerits
  • 131-135km/h in a 100km/h zone - R1,250 Fine - 4 demerits
  • 140km/h+ in a 100km/h zone - Fine determined by court - 6 demerits
  • 131-135km/h in a 120km/h zone - R250 Fine - 0 demerits
  • 141-145km/h in a 120km/h zone - R750 Fine - 2 demerits
  • 151-155km/h in a 120km/h zone - R1,250 Fine - 4 demerits
  • 160km/h+ in a 120km/h zone - Fine determined by court - 6 demerits

Many people are skeptical about the implementation of the new system, but it might be just the kind of drastic measure we need to curb our shockingly high road fatality statistics.





 

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