Johannesburg - The recent amendments to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Bill, have more to do with making money than improving road safety, says the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse.
“That’s been proved in the Tshwane and Johannesburg metros, where Aarto has been run as a pilot project for the past decade, “ said Outa transport portfolio manager Rudie Heyneke. “The process is administratively cumbersome and will not succeed in the medium to long term.”
When the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment Bill was passed by parliament on 5 September, minister of transport Joe Maswanganyi, said it was a direct result of the untenable and unsustainable road safety challenge in South Africa.
But the amendments are also intended to address the problems Sanral is experiencing in collecting outstanding e-toll payments, by decriminalising the procedure, removing the necessity of serving a court summons and making it a civil process.
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