Cape Town -
Government is considering making third-party insurance compulsory for all
drivers using public roads, said Minister of Transport S'bu Ndebele on
statement follows on the back of figures released by the Democratic Alliance,
which showed about 65% of the 8.5 million vehicles on South Africa's
roads are not insured. This, argued the DA, puts the burden of compensation for
accidents on insured drivers and insurance companies.
In reply to
a question in parliament, Ndebele said the strategy of making third-party
insurance mandatory was on the cards. However, it would require careful consideration
of several factors, including the financial status of motor vehicle owners and
the present fuel levy system.
also said even though third-party insurance is not mandatory at the moment,
accident victims may pursue compensation through the courts.
also confirmed that the demerit point system for traffic offenses
(Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences, or Aarto) will have been
rolled out fully to all municipalities by December, despite the fact that pilot
projects have highlighted some system glitches.
allocation of demerit points to infringers will be introduced on a national
basis from April 1 2011. To date the pilot project in both the municipalities
of Tshwane and Johannesburg has revealed a number of aspects that needed to be
addressed. These relate mainly to legislative, operational and systems
aspects," said Ndebele.
performance issues relate to the electronic uploading of infringement
information, and the online, real-time updating of transactions onto the
National Contraventions Register," said Ndebele.