The Minister of Transport has confirmed the department’s plans to introduce the demerit system, in an effort to discourage non-compliance with regulations and reward law-abiding road users.
Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter on Wednesday, 21 October 2020, to confirm the department’s intention to introduce the demerit system for drivers. The system is one that the minister has proposed previously but never put into law. However, his recent post suggests that the department is actively working on formally introducing the new system.
In the video shared, Mbalula cited the pandemic as the reason for the delay in implementation, further adding, “We are going to resuscitate the project, I think from next year. At the present moment, we are laying the basis for that.” Additionally, the post stated, “The demerit points system will be introduced to penalise drivers who are habitual offenders. It also rewards law-abiding road users.”
With October being observed as Transport Month, the minister has been announcing various plans and changes to be introduced by his department in the near future.
See the post below.
OCTOBER TRANSPORT MONTH: SAFETY ON OUR ROADS
The demerit points system will be introduced to penalise drivers who are habitual offenders. It also rewards law-abiding road users.
— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) October 21, 2020