What is AARTO?
A summary of what AARTO is all about
Who runs AARTO and how is it administered?
The primary custodians of AARTO are the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and they have been tasked with rolling it out and educating traffic authorities with respect to its operation.
They have also been tasked with educating the public about it but have almost completely neglected this function with the possible exception of a few radio adverts and appearances on talk shows. In December 2010, the RTMC released a flawed outline of AARTO which they called "AARTO made easy"
The functions of AARTO on an everyday basis are run by the individual traffic authorities in South Africa, of which there are over 200 around the country.
AARTO representatives etc. are appointed and employed by those traffic authorities.
Who gets the money from the fines and fees?
The fine values under AARTO are apportioned as follows:
- When a fine is issued, the face value of it is an amount representing that which will be distributed amongst the traffic authority involved and the RTMC if you do not pay within 32 days.
- The 50% discounted amount represents the fine value that the traffic authority will receive, regardless of when the fine is paid.
- If you do not pay in the 32 day discount window, the other 50% plus all other charges will go to the RTMC.
Document last revised: 3 April, 2011