The government is in the process of refining and reworking a range of new traffic laws, which will have a significant impact on motorists and particularly on those who violate the rules of the road.
There are a lot of changes being proposed. Keep reading the blog as we discuss the most important ones that you should know about.
In a bid to combat the high death toll on South African roads, the government is taking a tough stance against road infringements. The Ramaphosa administration is proposing to upgrade all traffic offences to Schedule 5 of the Criminal Procedure Act, placing them alongside the most serious of crimes, such as murder and rape. Mandatory minimum sentences are also to be imposed for drunk and reckless driving.
The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act will introduce the long-mooted demerit system, which may see drivers lose their licences after multiple road rule transgressions.
Up until now, drivers have had only to take an eye test every five years in order to renew their licences. This is set to change. The amendment proposed by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) will make it compulsory for all drivers to retake the driver’s licence test every five years.
The RTMC has also proposed placing a limit on the distances that newly qualified drivers can travel within the first year of qualifying. New drivers may not be able to get behind the wheel for long road trips of more than 150km.
Among other legislative measures that have been discussed are a price cap on Premium 93 petrol (this one seems ever more unlikely) and more stringent licence testing for truck and bus drivers.