You have to watch how you drive now: a driving demerit system is kicking in on 1 July and will be rolled out in five phases. This is technically worse than a fine, because if you get more than 15 demerits, you risk having your license suspended for three months! For every demerit after reaching the 15 point threshold, your licence will be suspended for another three months. It gets worse if you choose to drive with a suspended licence. Two suspensions will result in the license being cancelled. Your demerits depend on the seriousness of the offence. There are literally 1 000 ways you can score a demerit. Here are a few of the more common ones:
- Failing to stop for a traffic officer.
- Driving over the speed limit by over 40km/h.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Driving a vehicle without the consent of the owner or person lawfully in charge.
Best to start familiarising yourself with the rules of the road or you might end up having to go through that gruelling process of learning how to drive again – five-point checks included. 😵
This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 17 June 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates