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AA: Many municipalities oppose AARTO

According to the AA, many municipal and provincial entities are opposed to the AARTO system.

Many municipal and provincial entities have opposed the AARTO system causing delays. Picture: Sxc.hu

CAPE TOWN - The Automobile Association said on Tuesday delays in the national roll out of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) were expected because many municipal and provincial entities did not want the system.

The countrywide implementation of the AARTO system was put on hold in April last year after problems were identified in its Gauteng pilot programme.

These include the high percentage of drivers without legal licences and incorrect home addresses on the Electronic National Traffic Information System (eNatis).

The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA)'s Japh Chuwe said it was up to the transport minister to decide on when the roll out will commence.

"We are hoping it will be in the current financial year, which begins now in April. Unfortunately I am not able to indicate the exact date."

There's still no clear indication exactly when the AARTO system will be rolled out nationally.

The Automobile Association's Gary Ronald said the delay comes as no surprise.

"There are so many entities both at municipal and at provincial level that actually don't want the system. The issues in Johannesburg has kind-of prompted that feeling countrywide."

Meanwhile, Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle is opposed to the implementation of the system.

He said he does not expect it to be rolled out anytime soon.

"AARTO is in deep water. The whole legislative basis is in trouble and it is not capable of implementation."

AARTO is a points-based demerit system which could see drivers licences being suspended.