The Extra Costs of the New Driving Demerit System

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act was signed into law in August 2019, but now South African watchdogs have unearthed hidden costs when draft regulations were published on Friday by the Department of Transport, which introduced a number of controversial charges. 

These seem to be geared towards revenue collection rather than creating a safer driving environment in South Africa according to the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA).

Here are the most notable changes.

R100 Penalty Automatically Applied to Each Fine

An Infringement Penalty Levy will be introduced according to the AA. This means that for every infringement notice issued, a fee will be added to this. No matter what the amount is for the fine an extra R100 is added, which is then a tax for actually receiving the fine. According to Outa, there is no discount available on this R100 levy. 

Pay to Find Out How Many Demerit Points You Have

If you want to find out how many demerit points you have then you will need to pay up to R240 according to the AA. This also means that fleet operators and companies could be looking at paying thousand to enquire. Also, to get a copy of infringement reports, motorists can expect to pay R60 per report according to Outa. 

Pay for Challenging Fines

According to Outa, those that pay their fines within 28 days will be able to get a 50% discount, however, if you pay late or challenge your fine then you will face some extra fees. Your first reminder letter could cost R100 and another R100 fee is issued for an enforcement order confirming the fine and demerits. 

Paying for E-Tolls

Even though the government has been quiet recently on the status of e-tolls, Outa has said that the new draft regulations will open the door for this controversial tolling system. 

According to Outa, schedule 3 of the regulations include charge codes that say that failure to comply with the direction conveyed by a road traffic sign by using a toll road without paying the toll charge will be fined. Vehicles that do not require a roadworthy certificate will receive a discounted fine of R125 and no demerits and vehicles that do require roadworthy certificate will receive a discounted fine of R250 and one demerit point.  

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