AARTO and You: Driver demerits and your employees
The long-awaited Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) takes effect countrywide on 1 April this year (2016) providing for the implementation of a points demerit system for road traffic offences.
This will have serious consequences for serial offenders, but it will also affect businesses and those employees whose contracts of employment require them to maintain a valid driver’s licence.
Simply put, a person’s driver’s licence will be suspended for three months for every demerit point above 12. After the third suspension, or for serious offences, a driver’s licence will be cancelled. Drivers and other employees who are required to drive, and managers of such employees, must familiarise themselves with the regulations, and organisations should implement changes to contracts, policies and other documents and train relevant staff.
How can employers prepare for 1 April 2016?
Can employees be dismissed for suspension or cancellation of their licences?
See the FAQ page for answers to these questions.