Road safety needs urgent help, but the proposed AARTO Amendment Bill is not the answer, says OUTA.
OUTA believes that the proposed changes to the AARTO law are impractical, irrational and legally flawed.
“If the AARTO Amendment Bill is passed in its present form, OUTA will legally challenge it as we want to see workable law,” says Rudie Heyneke, OUTA Portfolio Manager for Transport.
“OUTA firmly believes that motorists’ behaviour must be addressed to reduce fatal road accidents. However, our analysis of the amended Bill indicates that it is less about road safety and more about generating revenue through a complicated and administratively unworkable system,” says Heyneke.
“We are determined to get this Bill to work, so road safety can improve.
“We believe the NCOP will not pass the Bill as it stands, as they will have no option but to attend to the glaring problems with it.”
OUTA notes the concern that unpaid e-tolls may be used to prevent motorists renewing their driver’s licences, leading to people driving without licences.
“We’ve seen this movie before with the e-toll scheme, whereby Government believes that legislative changes are the panacea to their administrative problems and that people will simply fall into line,” says Heyneke.
“When Government behaves in this manner and runs roughshod over meaningful public engagement, or ignores input from the major role players, the scheme inevitably falls apart.”
The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment Bill (the AARTO Amendment Bill) is currently under consideration by Parliament. The Bill was passed by the National Assembly in September 2017 and is currently going through the NCOP approval process.
These are some of the concerns which OUTA has with the Bill:
OUTA has made a written submission to the NCOP and given input at recent NCOP public hearings and will continue to engage with the authorities on this Bill.
“We want this law to be workable, practical, unchallengeable and to meet the crucial objective of improving road safety,” says Heyneke.
OUTA is a proudly South African non-profit civil action organisation, comprising of and supported by people who are passionate about holding government accountable and improving the prosperity of South Africa.