AARTO: no need for businesses to panic… yet

25 September 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916443

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THE contentious Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act will have potentially far-reaching implications for many businesses. While there is still no need to panic, it’s important for business leaders to have a plan to deal with the extra admin it will bring.

That’s according to Eugene Herbert Managing Director of corporate driver training company MasterDrive, who said the primary question business owners and fleet operators are asking is how fines and suspended drivers will affect business?

“If drivers are fined or suspended, there will be more admin for businesses. Employment contracts will need adjustment to detail how this will be handled. A proxy responsible for reassigning the blame of an infringement from the company to the driver’s name, must be appointed,” Herbert said.

AARTO: no need for businesses to panic… yet

Businesses will also need to know what recourse is available if a driver’s license is suspended.

“No company can afford to have vehicles or drivers incapacitated for months at a time. Before you can appoint a proxy, both yourself and the proxy need to fully understand how much responsibility they assume for infringements.

“Additionally, fines accumulated in the driver’s personal capacity can now impact your business and new guidelines around this should be drafted. Not understanding how to handle the new regulation can have serious financial implications for your business.”

However, “If you prepare your business for the changes AARTO will bring, you can rather focus on how safer roads will benefit your organisation and your drivers.”

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