The SA Driving Demerit System: It’s Coming

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming South African driving demerit system and how it will affect you.
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Published: Monday, February 20th 2017
General
With the constant delay of the Demerit driving system in South Africa, many people have forgot about it altogether.  Despite a pilot test in 2008, the delay has partially been as a result of a pending feasibility study, an assessment of technological requirements, law enforcement criteria, and an analysis of human resources needed to ensure the successful implementation of the system. AARTO, or the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences, are set to meet before the end of February in Bloemfontein. This will be in preparation of a country-wide rollout of the demerit system.
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What Will The Demerit System Entail?

Every driver will start with 0 (zero) points. Infringements will each have a set amount of demerits that will be added to your driving score. Demerits are recorded separately, even if they arise from the same incident. This means that if you committed multiple traffic infringements, you will receive demerits for each infringement. The maximum amount of demerits will be 12. A driver is allowed to drive until they have 12 points. Every point exceeding 12 points will result in a three-month suspension. This means that if your total goes from 11 points to 14 points, for a specific driving infringement, your licence will be suspended for an additional six months (2x3 months). Each driving infringement will also include a fine. For example, driving an unregistered car will result in one demerit added to your driving score. As well as a R500 fine. 

Can You Get Your Licence Cancelled?

Your driving licence will be cancelled if it has been suspended three times as a result of being a habitual offender.

Are Rewards And Demerits Ever Removed?

The demerit system will also reward law-abiding road users by reducing their driving score by one point every three months. Provided they do not incur additional infringements.
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The Points System

Infringement Un-Discounted Penalty Amount Discounted Penalty Amount If Paid Within 32 Days Demerit Points Allocated
Driving an unregistered vehicle R500 R250 1
Driving an unlicensed vehicle R500 R250 1
Driving a vehicle with licence plate not clearly visible or legible R500 R250 1
Driving without a driving licence R1 250 R625 4
Driving without a seatbelt R250 R125 0
Driving while holding and using a cell phone R500 R250 1
Skipping a stop sign - light vehicles R500 R250 1
Skipping a stop sign - buses, minibus taxi’s, and trucks R750 R375 2
Skipping a red traffic signal - light vehicles R500 R250 1
Skipping a red traffic signal - buses, minibus taxis, and truck R750 R375 2
Failing to yield to a pedestrian R500 R250 1
Overtaking across a barrier line - light vehicles R500 R250 1
Overtaking across a barrier line - buses, minibus taxis, and trucks R700 R375 2
Overloading a vehicle with a maximum of 56 000 kg combination mass in excess of 12.00% - 13.99% R1 500 R750 5

Demerits For Speeding Offences

Infringement Un-Discounted Penalty Amount Discounted Penalty Amount If Paid Within 32 Days Demerits Points Allocated
Driving at 81-85km/h on road with a 60km/h restriction R750 R375 2
Driving at 106-110km/h on road with a 80km/h restriction R1000 R500 3
Driving 121-125km/h on road with a 100km/h restriction R750 R375 2
Driving at 131-135km/h on road with a 100km/h restriction R1 250 R625 4
Driving at 131-135km/h on road with a 120km/h restriction R250 R125 0
Driving at 141-145km/h on road with a 120km/h restriction R750 R375 2
Driving at 151-155km/h on road with a 120km/h restriction R1 250 R625 4

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Infringements For Which a Court Summons Will Be Served

Driving under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating substance Penalty amount determined by court 6 if found guilty
Driving at 100+ km/h on road with 60km/h restriction Penalty amount determined by court 6 if found guilty
Driving at 120+ km/h on road with 80km/h restriction Penalty amount determined by court 6 if found guilty
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