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CT threatens court action to stop AARTO

The City of Cape Town on Monday said it will apply for an urgent interdict before the end of this week, to...

City of Cape Town Councillor, JP Smith. Picture: Janine Willemans/Eyewitness News

The City of Cape Town on Monday said it will apply for an urgent interdict before the end of this week, to stop the implementation of the new demerit system.

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act is expected to be rolled out nationwide on July the 1st. AARTO is currently being piloted in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Several provinces and municipalities have however claimed they are not ready to implement it.

The city’s JP Smith said they are taking the matter to court: “We will get a court interdict and they will stop it. The system is a complete failure in Johannesburg. It slashes the municipality’s ability to do law enforcement. Why roll it out to the rest of the country before it’s ready."

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle said he supports the city’s views on AARTO.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation did not return calls from Eyewitness News on the matter.