Pretoria – The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA), which administers the highly contentious Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, on Thursday said the new law will change behaviour of motorists in South Africa.
Addressing the National Press Club in Pretoria, the agency’s registrar Japh Chuwe said the implementation of the Aarto Act, which President Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law, would usher in a new and radical approach to the management of all road traffic issues and increase safety on the roads.
Chuwe said the death toll was around 14 000 deaths annually - with an estimated economic impact of R 147 billion.
“In essence, the implementation of the Aarto seeks to change the behaviour of motorists. The critical over-arching goal is road safety.
"By implementing the Aarto, we will be able to change people’s behaviour from wanton disregard for road traffic laws, effecting zero-tolerant policies to traffic violations and inculcate a new habit of voluntary compliance to road traffic laws.