Cape Town moves to challenge Aarto
The City of Cape Town has no intention of implementing the traffic points demerit system within its area of jurisdiction, according to Mayoral Committee for Safety & Security member JP Smith.
A Moneyweb report says the city is working with the Western Cape Provincial Government on a court application to interdict the implementation of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act.
Smith says two Aarto pilot projects in Johannesburg and Tshwane failed to reduce road fatalities and destroyed municipal revenue from law enforcement.
‘Although it is not about revenue as such, that money is needed to fund law enforcement,’ he said.
According to Smith, the city’s traffic service has identified numerous problems related to the pilot projects currently run in Tshwane and Johannesburg. This includes a lack of capacity at the Road Traffic Infringement Agency; ongoing problems with the SA Post Office – key to serving different Aarto notices to motorists; the requirement for different issuing authorities, mostly municipalities, to conclude individual agreements with the Post Office; the lack of public awareness at this late stage; and the need to re-train all officers and staff.
Smith said the city was preparing a submission in response to the publication of the Aarto regulations, but at the same time it was proceeding with preparations for its court application to stop the implementation.
He added other municipalities were as concerned.
‘Leaders of ANC-run municipalities ask us to stop Aarto.’
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