More public hearings set for traffic offences law

Committee chairperson Dikeledi Magadzi says two major issues, which require further input and debate, are the controversial demerit system and the proposal of a tribunal.

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PARLIAMENT – Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport is conducting another round of public hearings on amendments to traffic offences law.

Committee chairperson Dikeledi Magadzi says two major issues, which require further input and debate, are the controversial demerit system and the proposal of a tribunal to deal with challenges.

The Road Traffic Infringement Agency says many of the submissions received so far, are unrelated to the proposed amendments and sought to challenge process rather than the infringements.

It’s been more than a year since amendments to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act were first proposed.

But Parliament's transport committee says the safety of millions who travel on the country's roads is at stake, and the bill cannot be rushed.

Since the first round of hearings last year, it's been refining the bill based on submissions received from a wide range of organisations including taxi associations, industry and business.

Magadzi says the proposed demerit system is one aspect of the bill that needs to be refined.

“When your licence has been docked and you are driving illegally without a licence, we don't want that. We should work in such a way that we don't create criminals on the road and that ensures safety on our roads.”

In the coming days, the committee is expected to hear from more organisations on how it should improve the law.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)