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Johannesburg - The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto) is a white elephant and should be scrapped, the FFPlus said on Thursday.
“It has now become clear that Aarto is a failure and nothing other than an extremely expensive white elephant and the FFPlus is asking that it is scrapped immediately,” Freedom Front Plus transport spokesman Anton Alberts said in a statement.
This was to prevent any further wasting of money.
The Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday that a report by Parliament's working group on the Aarto Act showed that R2 billion in penalties - 89.56 percent of those imposed - went unpaid between the 2012 and 2013 financial years.
People were ignoring the discount for speedy payment, and the sending of courtesy letters for payment was suspended in July 2012 because of a lack of funds, said DA national spokesman Mmusi Maimane.
In response, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said the DA's claim that Aarto was failing was misleading.
The Road Traffic Infringement Agency said the DA had failed to fully capture the processes in place to enhance the Aarto Act.
“The implementation of Aarto in the municipalities of Tshwane and Johannesburg is a strategic decision aimed at piloting it with the specific intention of identifying loopholes and challenges, and be able to put the necessary interventions in place prior to national rollout,” spokesman Fakazi Malindzisa.
However, Alberts said it was clear Aarto was not succeeding in its objective to make roads safer, and that it could no longer be denied that the project was not viable.
“The media has now reported that Aarto fines of nearly R2 billion have not been paid yet,” he said.
“This is according to a report which was handed to the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters earlier this month.”
Aarto was clearly a chaotic system which was doomed from the start and was nothing but a senseless waste of money, Alberts said.