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The New Traffic Laws and Their Impact on SA Drivers

Posted by Ivan on September 15, 2017 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offenses (AARTO) amendment bill was passed on Tuesday 5 September 2017 by the Nationl Assembly.


The amendment bill has some provisions that could have serious consequences for licence holders and motor vehicle owners across South Africa.


AARTO held public hearings prior to adding amendments to the bill, which is set up to remove habitual traffic offenders from South Africa’s roads and highways.


The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has also reportedly issued a countrywide instruction that all outstanding traffic fines issued in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA) should be cancelled after 18 months if no summons has been issued. This will apply to all South Africans who drive on behalf of companies.

Some of the provisions are as follows: 

The bill will implement the points-demerit system

The points-demerit system comes in favour of driving traffic fine revenues for authorities but motorists will be have limited power to defend themselves should they receive a fine. Every driver starts with zero points and will have their licence suspended for three months if they exceed 12 points. The authorities will hold onto the drivers licence if it is suspended. The licence will be cancelled if a driver gets suspended three times.



The National Road Traffic Offenses Register

The bill calls for a designated authority to handle and keep records of all violations and infringements. Transport authorities claim that motorist fines will be increased.

Section 21 of the Act will be removed from the bill

The bill previously proposed a combination of harsh punishments for non-compliant offenders, which included seizing the driver’s licence, removing the vehicles licence disc and impounding the vehicle in question all at the same time but this section since been removed.



Car owners can also be held liable for violations


f a car owner lends their car to someone or was not the one driving when a offense happens, they will be liable for the fine unless they have gathered all the details of the driver (full name, ID number, residential and business addresses and contact details).



An Appeals Tribunal will be introduced

Motorists will be able to lodge grievances with an Appeals Tribunal that will hear and adjudicate their appeals and if they feel that the process wasn’t just they can take the matter further to the High Court.


The bill has been passed and could be implemented as soon as the end of 2017/2018 financial year.

Two Caught Selling Drivers Licence

Posted by Ivan on September 4, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Two men were released on R1000 bail at the Stilfontein Magistrate Court in the North West on Thursday, They stood before the court accused of corruption and fraud.


The North West Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) arrested 43-year-old Roland Ellen Erens - a licence testing examiner at the Stilfontein testing station - along with 72-year-old driving instructor Tlhakanye Shadrack Kalane on August 29.


This after Erens allegedly issued a driver’s licence in November 2016 to a woman who was not tested.


According to Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, the woman is alleged to have taken eight lessons with Kalane at He & She driving school.


Erens is alleged to have falsely endorsed the woman on the testing sheet, saying he had indeed tested her.


The woman is believed to have met with the duo ahead of her testing date to pay them R5000.


Rikhotso said the two suspects were arrested for fraud and corruption and appeared in court on the same day.


The case was postponed to October 11.


“The Hawks will not rest until fraud and corruption is uprooted,” said Hawks head in the North West, Major General Linda Mbana.

Choose Your Driving Instructor Carefully

Posted by Ivan on August 4, 2017 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A driving instructor was arrested for being 12 times over the legal blood-alcohol limit on the N2 in Cape Town on Thursday morning, a City official said.

He was spotted in a driving school vehicle on the shoulder of the road at 07:15, mayoral committee member for safety, security and social services JP Smith said.

"The driver refused to stop and the officer eventually forced him to a standstill. During a sobriety test, the driver was initially unable to blow into the breathalyser and, when he eventually did, the reading was 1.34 mg per 100ml of blood - more than 12 times the legal limit."


The man was on his way to Gallows Hill drivers' licence testing centre, where one of his clients was due to take his test. Instead, he was taken to the Athlone police station.


"With a reading like that, it appears the instructor should have been the one passing out. Sadly, it is no laughing matter and is an example of the kind of contempt people have for law and order," Smith said.

"Much of this rests on the fact that the city struggles to get convictions on drunk-driving cases, particularly because of weaknesses within the criminal justice system. These are weaknesses we are addressing with the National Prosecuting Authority and the Department of Justice," he said.

Police Minister - A Criminal Offence to Buy Licence

Posted by Ivan on May 12, 2017 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Fikile Mbalula, nicknamed "Razzmatazz" from his time as sports and recreation minister, stumbled across a post on Twitter by a woman seeking advice on buying a driver’s licence. Mbalula has over 750,000 followers on this platform. He perceives Twitter as a useful tool in the fight against crime in South Africa.

The woman got more than she bargained for on Wednesday when the Police Minister tweeted back:

"It's a criminal offence to buy a driver's licence (like a) ngathi ligwinya,"

"It will get you, the traffic department and the driving school arrested."

Easter road death toll rise as KZN accident claims 10 lives

Posted by Ivan on April 21, 2017 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

At least ten people have been killed in a horror crash on the N2 near Port Shepstone on KwaZulu-Natal's south coast on Monday. KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport Spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane says the cause of the accident is not clear.


“Ten people have been confirmed dead in an accident involving three taxis in Port Shepstone. Currently, the MEC for Transport is on his way to the scene of the accident. At this stage, it is not clear what the possible cause of the accident is. but we believe that one of the drivers lost control which resulted to the two taxis colliding. We are still going to get more details and be able to share with the viewers.”

Meanwhile, criminal charges are to be instituted against the driver of the bus that killed 15 passengers at Kranskop in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.


The charges include culpable homicide and driving without the renewed drivers licence. An interim report reveals that the driver did not have a valid driver’s licence and a permit, despite the bus being in good condition.


KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport and Community Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda says the driver was driving with an expired drivers licence.


“For now, the case which has been opened is a culpable homicide case.”


The bus was carrying a group of women to a traditional wedding from Bulwer overturned near Kranskop on Saturday. The families of those that were killed went to Greytown mortuary on Monday to identify their loved ones.


The father of the groom Bhekabantu Mgwadi lost his wife and two daughters whilst Philisiwe Mqadi lost her sister who left a three-year-old baby.



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AARTO System Failing - Release Cities

Posted by Patricia on November 13, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Councillors from the Cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane told Parliament that the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) system was failing and asked that they be “released” from it until the system works properly.


A member of the City of Johannesburg’s Mayoral Committee and a Councillor from the City of Tswhane were among delegates on Friday who briefed the Parliamentary committee on transport on the pilot phase of Aarto, which was introduced in these two metros in 2007 and 2008 respectively.


The system, which entails that motorists receive demerits for traffic violations, was supposed to be implemented from 1 April this year.


Although the pilot phase in Johannesburg and Tswhane has been implemented some time ago, the demerit system will only be implemented once the system has been rolled out nationally.


The administrators of the Aarto system has argued that the implementation thereof would make the roads safer and deal effectively with traffic infringements.


Drivers will accumulate points for the infringements they commit. A motorist starts with 0 points, and the maximum number of points allowed is 12. In other words, a motorist is allowed to drive until he or she has 12 points.


However, every point that exceeds the permissible 12 points will result in a three-month suspension of their driver’s licence. A motorist’s driver’s licence will be revoked when it has been suspended for the third time.


The Aarto system rollout has been delayed among other things because of problems with the delivery of infringement notices.


Court orders department to pay up in eNaTIS case


The delegation from the Johannesburg and Tswhane told MPs on Friday that there had been miscommunication between the issuing authority of infringement notices, the South African Post Office (Sapo) and the Road Traffic Infringement Authority (RTIA), with the end result that traffic fines were not paid.


Sun, in his capacity as councillor for the City of Johannesburg, said the piloting of Aarto was supposed to be “easy” on the administration and motorists, but instead it has created “unpleasantness” among different departments within the City’s administration.


“Aarto is not having any effect,” Sun continued. “The possibility that motorists could lose their licences had an effect at first, but as time went by people argued that there were no consequences and there’s now a state of lawlessness in our City.


“I urge members (of Parliament) to assist us. Can we be decommissioned from this pilot project?”


Tshwane’s Councilor Kissoonduth agreed, saying the metro has a similar story to that of Johannesburg. He added that the delivery of infringement notices posed difficulties and called for legislation to be amended so that notices can be issued electronically.


Input on AARTO Bill satisfactory - Parliament


An Aarto Amendment Bill is currently serving before Parliament that, if approved, would allow transport authorities to send infringement notices through SMS. Questions however have been raised about the practicality of SMS as a means of communications, as infringement notices are longer than the allowed number of characters allowed in an SMS.


Kissonduth cautioned that there should be proper buy-in from the public before Aarto can be rolled out nationally. “You can’t push through a bill – it’s not going to have the desired effect.”

Nkandla voter - 'Zuma and I need to talk about my driver's licence'

Posted by Patricia on August 4, 2016 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Nkandla - KwaNxamalala resident Nompumelelo Shezi, 26, had one mission in mind on Wednesday – and that was to speak to President Jacob Zuma.


Shezi was hoping to catch her moment with Zuma at the Ntolwane Primary School where he was expected to vote in the 2016 local government election in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.


"I want to see Zuma, I had an appointment with him and we spoke and he referred me to his PA and we have not been able to talk properly," said Shezi, who asked not to be photographed.


The woman, who sells goods at a local community hall, said she had spoken to Zuma about getting her driver’s licence.


"I'm going to try and speak to him today. We spoke about licencing, he said he would help me and that I should speak to the PA."


Spotting one of Zuma's bodyguards who was at the voting station, Shezi had an idea that maybe he could assist her.


When she arrived at 08:15 to vote, she was not yet sure who she was gong to vote for.


"I don't know who to vote for, I will see when I get there."


Shezi was one of 1 674 people that were expected to vote at the school.


Within the first hour, 61 people had voted.

There was a large police presence ahead of 10:00, when Zuma was expected to vote.


KwaNxamalala, the village where Zuma's homestead was located, is an ANC ward but the Nkandla Municipality, which falls under Uthungulu District Municipality, was governed by the IFP.


The municipality was recently renamed King Cetshwayo District Municipality.

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Corrupt Testing Centre Oofficial Suspended

Posted by Patricia on July 22, 2016 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department official who was caught in a bribery operation involving learner’s and driver’s licences has been suspended and will face a disciplinary hearing. 


The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) official who was caught in a bribery operation involving learner's and driver's licences has been suspended.


Detective Inspector Patrick Mabasa from the JMPD’s internal investigations unit confirmed this today – three weeks after it was revealed that two men – identified as “Jo” and “Lucky” – had solicited bribes in exchange for the licences.


Jo charged R3,000 for both, while Lucky said he could organise both for R4,300.


Mabasa said Jo – who had claimed to work at the JMPD – was only a “runner” at the organisation and not an employee.


Lucky, who was captured on hidden camera in his JMPD uniform while soliciting a bribe, was served with a notice of suspension today.


The inspector said Lucky would face a disciplinary hearing. 


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Youth from Mpumlanga Youth to Benefit from Drivers' Licences

Posted by Patricia on July 15, 2016 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Youth from Mpumlanga are set to benefit from an initiative that aims to assist them in getting their drivers' licences.


This is as a result of a joint effort between the Services SETA and the Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison.


The Youth Capacity Development Project seeks to address the challenges of unemployment and lack of skills among the youth in the province.


For many young people in South Africa, getting a drivers' licence has always been a mission.


The Youth Development Project will also see the young people equipped with skills that will help them get employment.


This is an opportunity of a lifetime for some young people.


Services SETA CEO, Andile Nongogo, says more than R49 million has been set aside to fast-track services for the under privileged across Mpumalanga.


Now they will be able to register for a learners' licence as a start.


“The SETA is responsible for funding which covers learner testing books, K 53 books. It covers funding of the trailer mobile units where the learners would be trained. It covers marketing and management for unemployed youth.”


Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC, Vusi Shongwe, says this initiative is going to assist young people and hopefully steer them away from drug abuse.


Shongwe said this would assist young people to get jobs as a licence is a requirement in the working environment.


“We are basically empowering young people to be able to be equipped with driver's license because a driver's license is a requirement. We want them to prepare with the particular skills so that we take them out of the streets, we take them out of drugs, and we take them out of all wrong doings in the province and in the country.”


Shongwe says over 760 underprivileged youth will benefit from this initiative. But those who have the money will have to pay for these services.

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Inside the Marlboro Licencing and Testing Station

Posted by Ivan on April 21, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Metro police and the Marlboro Licencing and Testing Station gave a tour of their facilities on 19 April to open the community and media up to the inner workings of the organisation.

Metro police spokesperson, Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the tour would act as a perfect opportunity to inform the public about the work done at the station which included earning one’s driver’s licence, making inquiries or settling traffic fines. The tour also took a look at the state-of-the-art computerised learner’s licence testing section.


Manager of the drivers licence testing centre at the station, Estrelita Esau, said that although the computerised section has been at the station for two years, there have been some stigma regarding technology, but younger people will embrace the newer system.


Esau said, “I think a lot of people fear that the computerised learner’s section is very complicated and, therefore, we do not have a lot of people booking for that test.”

She said that the Marlboro Licencing and Testing Station is extremely efficient for learners’ licences and light motor vehicle test bookings with the booking time taking less than a week. She also stressed that the testing station plans to grow along with the demand for the learner’s licence test, with the station being willing to add extra booking slots for the computerised test, as well as allowing school and university pupils to take the test at certain times over weekends.


“We want to reassure everyone that the station is efficient and [people] should not be fearful of the computerised learner’s test we have,” she said.

The tour revealed the happenings in all the offices at the station including a tour of the roadworthy testing section by manager Simon Nakali who displayed the inner workings of the area.

Thanks to: Sandton Chronicle