- Fikile Mbalula insists that there is no escaping the new Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Bill
- This comes as President Cyril Ramaphosa signed off on the new laws, seeking to reduce deaths on the roads
- The Transport Minister gave Gauteng road users their first taste of the new bill over the weekend
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is adamant that there's no going back as far as the AARTO bill is concerned.
This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa signed in the controversial bill, with implementation set to start any day now.
The new law seeks to reduce the number of deaths on the roads in South Africa, holding drivers accountable for breaking the law.
Mbalula commented on the new law while giving Gauteng road-users a taste of the new system this weekend:
“Upon rolling it out, we will be able to adequately deal with lawlessness on our roads. We are burying far too many people as a result of crashes."
eNCA reports that critics have dubbed the new law an opportunity to gather more revenue, but the minister insists that this is not true, saying:
"In 2018 alone 12,000 people lost their lives. Each death represented an average of R4.6-million to the economy. We can no longer continue in this trajectory.”
Jacaranda reported that Mbalula had addressed media representatives during a roadblock on Sunday, revealing that traffic violators will be receiving 'demerits' according to the offences they commit.
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