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Drunk Driving Under Fire

The AARTO traffic law may not be the only new major regulation to hit the transport sector, as Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele has been heard making public statements highlighting his concerns regarding the level of drunk driving incidents in the country.

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AARTO Goes Ahead

 Transport minister Sbu Ndebele has confirmed that the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act – ending hopeful speculation from some corners that the Act would fail to pass after the tests conducted in Johannesburg – has been concluded. From messages published in the Government Gazette it appears that the issues regarding the implementation of AARTO are now solved, from the government’s position.

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Turbulent Times for SA Businesses

 The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) is in full swing and a great many businesses are under duress already, as South African citizens assert their well researched rights against sluggishly adapting companies. This combined with the recent implementation of the AARTO traffic fine system may mean doom to reeling SA businesses, especially those in the fleet management and motor industries.

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Consumer Act - Trial by Performance

 The Consumer Protection Act is in full swing and more than a few retailers are already feeling the bite that it can bring when they either don’t understand it, or simply try their luck in getting away with faulty products or services. The Act alone is not entirely responsible for this though as the media have been paying perhaps closer attention to the adherence of the law by local businesses than even the tribunal appointed to do so.

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Consumer Protection in South Africa

 There’s been a great deal of excitement and anxiety regarding the recently enacted consumer protection act but on the whole, those who should be concerned are those who fail to deliver safe, quality goods. Retailers who continue to push low quality, defective products will quickly find themselves on the receiving end of large financial penalties courtesy of the the National Consumer Tribunal (NCT).

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Transport Minister Strikes Out

11 January 2011, saw a very spirited and angry Transport Minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, stating that road users have less to fear from the impending (AARTO) Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences than the measures that he would like to see implemented. Citing severe statistics, he highlighted a variety of driver errors and a road using culture which he was hugely concerned about. He cited stats which indicate that 1551 people had suffered fatal traffic accidents simply over the festive period of December 1st to January 1st.

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AARTO Fines

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) policy, as well as the related AARTO fines, has been subject to much misinformation and speculation over the years since it became a factor. Recent speeches made by Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele, however, made one thing clear – that government fully intends to implement the system. The AARTO Act was passed back in 1998 but was only declared to be in force on a trial period in the Tshwane/ Johannesburg areas in 2008, and without the demerit aspect.

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Differences between the Old and New Road Transport Legislation

As the time nears to when government releases the final roll out date for the new road transport legislation (AARTO), it becomes vital that road users familiarise themselves with the new policies. The changes inherent in the AARTO act and the current traffic regulatory laws diverge greatly - this extends to penalties and how they are prosecuted. More than likely there will be a great deal of confusion in the first few months when AARTO and the demerit system are finally implemented, which means that drivers need to be knowledgeable to protect themselves.

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AARTO is Better - Government Backs New Policy

Parliament’s transport commission came out in full support of the new Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) on Tuesday the 16th of November, as Chairperson Ruth Bhengu spoke at great length regarding the improvements the policy has over previous traffic laws.

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Meeting the SASM-Aarto Standard

Every company recognises their responsibility in driving the AARTO change. All law abiding companies support this new traffic legislation, as it is the only effective way to promote positive road behaviour. The system is designed to reduce accidents and deaths on our roads. Naturally those who do not support AARTO only resist the change in order to continue breaking the law, as they’ve always gotten away with it up to this point.

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Driving Licence Suspension Now law.

Driving Licence Suspension Proclaimed.

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AARTO on the Radio

Click read more to listen to a pod cast of AARTO on the radio.

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Aarto Facilitators Package

simplified.

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SASM Website

SASM launches it's new website,

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