New tough scheme for bad drivers is launched

Siyabonga Africa

Siyabonga Africa

The Road Traffic Management Corporation this week launched the Administrative Adjudication of Traffic Offences Act in Pretoria.

The corporation said the Act would introduce a demerit system where drivers with three offences would have their licences withdrawn. They would then have to apply for the driver's licence from scratch.

In a statement, the corporation's chief executive, Ranthoko Rakgoale, said the system would be rolled out nationally at the beginning of next year.

He said the system would see drivers being given a predetermined number of demerits depending on the offence. If the number of points exceeded 12 then that driver would be banned from driving for a number of months.

Rakgoale said should a driver be disqualified three times then that driver would have the licence permanently revoked.

He or she would have to apply for a learner's licence after the disqualification period.