The objective of this system is to penalize drivers and operators who are guilty of infringements or offences by imposing demerit points. An accumulation of a maximum of 12 points will lead to suspension and eventual cancellation of driver’s licenses, professional driving permits or operator cards.
However, industry leaders and watchdogs are spilt on the effectiveness of the new system. According to Caro Smit, founder of South Africans against Drunk Driving (SADD): “I think the demerit system works extremely well in countries where enforcement and routine licence checking is done. In South Africa where, enforcement of our road safety rules is extremely poor and licences are seldom checked, or even legal, it is unlikely to make a great deal of difference, or bring down our exceptionally high crash rate”.
While it’s uncertain what this might do for your overall car insurance, other countries that have implemented this system have shown that each vehicle insurance company has approached the demerit differently. Generally, the trend is that the more infringement points allocated to the driver, the higher the premium on their insurance might become. So there’s more than your safety to think about when considering staying on the right side of the law.
Here are some important things that you need to know about the demerit system:
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