Cape Town – Parliament has given the green light for the controversial Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) bill. It was passed earlier on Tuesday in the National Assembly the vote went 174 in favour, 11 against and 22 abstentions.

The bill will now be sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa to be signed into law.

The Aarto Bill was tabled in 2015, and was passed by an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly in September 2017.

Despite the government’s claims that the introduction of the amended Aarto Act will make South African roads safer, local civil right groups maintain that the new road laws will do little to curb traffic violations.

Some of the proposals in the bill involve the removal of legal challenges relating to traffic fines.