Burying you in paperwork and convoluted procedures: The AARTO Act “decriminalises” many road traffic offences

Welcome to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act website.

Get ready! According to the Department of Transport, the AARTO Amendment Act will apply nationwide on 1 July 2021.


Originally passed into law in 1998, the AARTO Act has been in force for more than eleven years in the jurisdictions of the Metropolitan Municipalities of Tshwane (from 1 July 2008) and Johannesburg (from 1 November 2008). Surprisingly though, it is apparent that few people know much, if anything about the AARTO Act and how it affects them.

According to the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA), 51% of people surveyed at licensing centres in Gauteng in late 2017 knew nothing about the AARTO Act. This is despite the RTIA’s legislated mandate to educate motorists and the fact that the AARTO Act’s so-called “pilot” implementation is well over a decade old.

Since 13 August 2019, the AARTO Amendment Act has dominated the news, with the Department and Minister of Transport, together with the RTIA telling everyone that the primary goal of the AARTO Act is to improve road safety. But even a cursory glance at it will tell you something completely different. Its real purpose is to expedite the collection of traffic fine revenues and to impose an ominous administrative burden on those who stand accused of violating traffic laws.

On this website, you can get all the information you need to better understand this convoluted legislation, and protect yourself from its many, administratively burdensome provisions. Please click here to learn more about the functionality of AARTO Act.

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