The heavy administrative process associated with revocation and representation will
also most probably ensure greater compliance to the rules of the road. To get an
idea of the forms and processes involved for AARTO representation, driver nomination
and revocation, have a look at the official government website.
Understanding how AARTO and the demerit system work is essential for all
In short, when a driver incurs 15 or more demerit points, their licence will be
suspended for a certain period of time.
Basically every driver in the country starts on a basis of zero points. Every traffic
infringement carries a fine and a penalty of a certain number of points. This could
be anything from 1 point to 6 points for serious, potentially life-threatening
Once you get to 15 points, your licence will be suspended for 3 months for every
point you are over. For example if you have 19 points, that's 4 points over 15, so
your licence will be suspended for 12 months.
Similarly, it takes 3 months to remove each demerit point to regain your licence. So
after 12 months, you'll be back to 15 points and will be able to drive again. Your
first traffic infringement thereafter will again put you over 15, and your licence
is suspended again for 3 months per point. Also note that driving without a licence
carries a fine of up to R 3 500. If you drive a year without any infringements, your
points would have dropped from 15 to 11. One more year of safe driving practice, and
you'll have only 7 demerit points to your name and so on.
If a driving licence or an operator card is cancelled twice, and more than 15 demerit
points once again accumulated, the driving licence or operator card will be
cancelled. In the case of a driving licence, this means redoing your learner’s
licence once you can drive again. In the case of an operator card, it could possibly
mean that the vehicle will be scrapped.
The final amount of demerit points per offence is currently being finalised. For an
idea of the types of offences and the associated points, check out the documents and
amendments available on the government associated website, or a
handy pdf available on Arrive Alive's website.
The best way to avoid your driver's licence being suspended is ultimately to adhere
to the rules of the road. Safe drivers have nothing to fear from AARTO and the
demerit system. It's also useful to be informed about how the points system impacts
you as an individual driver, and importantly - if anyone else drives a vehicle
registered in your name. Being a safe and conscientious driver will also help you
avoid the heavy administrative process you'll be subjected to if you dispute your
Don't get caught unawares. Start by checking whether you have any outstanding fines
on Fines SA.
Fines SA has service arrangements with more than 250 municipalities; creating a
central database on which to check outstanding fines.
All you need to do is go to the website
and enter your details and ID number. The system then taps into the records and
reverts with any outstanding fines within 48 hours of registration.
Alternatively, send your ID number, name, cell phone number and e-mail address to
info@finesSA.co.za. Fines SA offers 10 convenient, pain-free ways to pay, including
cash, EFT, Snapscan or Zapper and you are guaranteed an electronic receipt for the
transaction. Check out our easy reference newsletter
that explains all the options in more details.
The system is safe and user-friendly, and doesn’t share personal details with the
authorities. Instead, we offer motorists the convenience of avoiding the ques and
settling fines via their computer or smartphone. And most importantly - for you at
least - is that Fines SA has agreements with the municipalities it has partnered
with to negotiate discounts of up to 20%, depending on the severity of the
In the case of a criminal summons or a warrant of arrest having been issued, Fines SA
can also help facilitate the penalties instead of facing a magistrate. This is not
only done for expediency, but also to alleviate the pressure on the traffic fine
system and help reduce backlogs. Fines SA will also send you regular updates on any
traffic fine infringements as they happen.