Fines and AARTO

One of South Africa's greatest challenges is to reduce the carnage on our roads significantly.

The trend to date has been one of South African motorists not complying with traffic regulations and not paying or finalizing their offences due to the overloaded judicial system being unable to effectively deal with traffic infringements.

In the past, all traffic fines in terms of the provisions of the National Road Traffic Act (NRTA), 1996 (Act No 93 of 1996) and its Regulations were administered in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No 51 of 1977).

This previous adjudication process showed serious limitations and failures, namely:

  • Many traffic notices were not considered by the courts and not finalised.
  • Fine collection was basically non-existent whereby fines were either not paid or reduced by the prosecutor.
  • Payment of bribes was taking place freely and openly, and many more.

As a result less than 20% of traffic cases were actually finalised and paid.

In 1998 Parliament approved The Administration and Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act, No. 46 of 1998. The idea was to create an act that linked the law enforcement and adjudication process in a more effective and efficient manner.

AARTO brings with it a sense of accountability and encourages the road using public to take traffic offences and fines seriously. It was also designed to improve fine collection and therefore efficiently open a revenue stream that would be ultimately used to improve road safety.

AARTO objectives are amongst others:

  • To encourage the payment of penalties for infringements;
  • To establish an efficient procedure for adjudication of infringements;
  • To encourage compliance with the national and provincial laws;
  • To alleviate the burden on the courts of trying offenders for infringements;
  • To penalise drivers and operators who are guilty of offences by instituting the demerit points system leading to the suspension and cancellation of driving licenses, professional driving permits or operator cards.

With the introduction of AARTO, Vuswa Fleet Services noticed the risks posed to all company proxies and ultimately our Customer base and embarked on a drive to develop the most user friendly, cost effective and operationally viable traffic fine management services product in the market.

Vuswa Fleet Services has the expertise as well as the infrastructure to manage all Customer fines efficiently no matter what the volume due to the system infrastructure developed.

As leaders in the industry, Vuswa Fleet Services Traffic Fine Management Product offers the following advantages and benefits:

  • Provides the Customer with up to date infringement notice information as and when needed.
  • Web service availability to redirect infringement notices online.
  • Back up of all driver information for the Customer.
  • Updating of driver information via the web.
  • Clearing of CPA Fines - Fines "history".
  • Reporting facility offering the following reports:
    • Status of infringements
    • All infringements received by Customer (Dates can be specified)
    • Redirected Fines
    • Pending Fines
    • Driver Information received fines
    • Fine charge outs
    • Fines received per authority
    • Fines received per vehicle

With the direct link into the eNatis database in the near future, Vuswa Fleet Services can not only offer "real" fine management but we will also be able to protect the Customer from their proxies being negligent to handle infringements on behalf of the company.

 

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