Webinar gives insight into AARTO

MasterDrive hosted their ‘Insights into AARTO Power Chat’ on 15 February, with almost 700 registrations. The webinar not only provided crucial insights into the AARTO Act but also highlighted the positive impact it could have on individuals and organisations when approached with the correct mindset.

Alta Swanepoel, from Alta Swanepoel and Associates, was the keynote speaker and demonstrated the potential benefits of AARTO, particularly in reducing the administrative burden for organisations. The CEO of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, says: “The recent delay in the implementation of the Act was discussed to provide more details on what it means and dissuade the notion that implementation will not happen.

From the topics discussed it emphasised the minimal effect it will have on law-abiding citizens. By adhering to traffic rules, individuals can significantly mitigate chances of being impacted by infringements. For those that are caught breaking a rule of the road, a swift response to notices can also substantially lessen the overall impact.”

AARTO’s implementation will begin once the President signs the various proclamations to be Gazetted. “The 2024 legislation marks a significant shift from the 2008 regulations and subsequent amendments. Instead, it is expected to include the changes raised by the public and reduce administrative burden on organisations. The phased-in approach will continue once implementation begins.”

The panel discussion brought together industry experts who shed light on the far-reaching effects of the impending AARTO Act on varied sectors. The insightful discussion featured prominent figures including Pamela Ramagaga from the South African Insurance Association (SAIA), Brandon Cohen representing the National Automobile Dealer’s Association (NADA), and Sandile Ntseoane from the South African Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association (SAVRALA).

The panellists provided a perspective on the implications of the AARTO Act on their respective industries. “It showed the need for strategic preparation to navigate the upcoming changes effectively. Collaboration between the industries is also necessary to better prepare. The panel underscored the interconnected nature of AARTO's impact and the value of a collective effort in planning for it across industries.

“The recent delay in the implementation of the AARTO Act provides an opportunity for organisations to refine their preparation. A delay does not mark the end of AARTO but rather a chance to enhance understanding and readiness for the forthcoming changes. With the right attitude towards the legislation, the Act can pave the way for a safer road environment,” says Herbert.