AARTO and You: Driver demerits and your employees

Mariannhill Toll plaza 2The 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.

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Ian Webster

From Methodist minister to Customer Relations manager in a computer bureau to HR Manager in a newspaper printing and publishing company. Now focussing on training and developing people, people-management consulting and writing and editing.


  1. Johanita on 14 January 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Ian,

    Please can you advise if this has been Gazetted and how they plan to implement this?

    • Ian Webster on 14 January 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Hi Johanita,
      Not gazetted, no. I am not sure what the final ‘trigger’ would be. This was the implementation date set during a Department of Transport road show in Durban on 28 September last year. There is, of course, no saying it won’t be delayed again.
      As for your second question, the Department was confident that they have ironed out the problems that emerged in the Gauteng trial run. It remains to be seen.

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