A meeting of the national Aarto task team will take place in Bloemfontein before the end of February in preparation for the planned country-wide roll-out of the demerit points system.
The demerit points system was introduced in a pilot program across Gauteng in 2008, in order to penalise drivers and operators who are habitual offenders.
However, the system also rewards law-abiding road users, as it reduces 1 point every 3 months down to zero demerit points if no contraventions occur.
Based on the current system (as provided for on the official Aarto website), the following will apply, country wide, following the planned roll-out.
Every person starts with 0 points and the maximum permissible number of points a driver can earn is 12. A person is allowed to drive until he/she has 12 points. Every point exceeding 12 points results in a three-month suspension of the licence.
A licence is cancelled when it has been suspended for the third time. The demerit points in respect of vehicle operators and drivers are recorded separately even if they arise out of the same incident.
You will receive a demerit in the following instances:
The total number of points will be reduced by one point for every three months during which no demerit points were incurred by that person, except for when the court finds that the court process had been deliberately delayed by that person to obtain a reduction in points.
If a person exceeds a total of twelve demerit points, that person will be disqualified from driving or operating a motor vehicle. The disqualification period equals in months the number of points by which the total of twelve is exceeded, multiplied by three.
A person who is so disqualified:
Any person who drives or operates a motor vehicle during his or her disqualification period is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both a fine and such imprisonment.
|Infringement||Fine amount||Demerit points|
Licences and miscellaneous
|Driving an unregistered vehicle||R500||1|
|Driving an unlicensed vehicle||R500||1|
|Driving a vehicle with licence plate not visible||R500||1|
|Driving without a driving licence||R1,250||4|
|Driving without a seat belt||R250||0|
|Driving under influence of intoxicating substance||Determined by court||6|
|Driving while holding and using a cellphone||R500||1|
Failing to stop
|Skipping a stop sign (light vehicles)||R500||1|
|Skipping a stop sign (buses, trucks)||R750||2|
|Skipping a red light (light vehicles)||R500||1|
|Skipping a red light (buses, trucks)||R750||2|
|Failing to yield to a pedestrian||R500||1|
Overtaking and overloading
|Overtaking across a barrier line (light vehicles)||R500||1|
|Overtaking across a barrier line (buses, trucks)||R750||2|
|Overloading a vehicle with max 56,000kg combination mass by 12-13.99%||R1,500||5|
|81-85km/h in a 60km/h zone||R750||2|
|100km/h+ in a 60km/h zone||Determined by court||6|
|106-110km/h in an 80km/h zone||R1,000||3|
|120km/h+ in an 80km/h zone||Determined by court||6|
|121-125km/h in a 100km/h zone||R750||2|
|131-135km/h in a 100km/h zone||R1,250||4|
|140km/h+ in a 100km/h zone||Determined by court||6|
|131-135km/h in a 120km/h zone||R250||0|
|141-145km/h in a 120km/h zone||R750||2|
|151-155km/h in a 120km/h zone||R1,250||4|
|160km/h+ in a 120km/h zone||Determined by court||6|
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