South Africa to implement 0% blood-alcohol limit for drivers by June 2020

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A new, zero-tolerance drinking law – which forms part of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act proposed by Transport minister Fikile Mbalula – is currently being reviewed and will come into effect in June 2020.

The new bill will make the legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers 0%, meaning no one will be allowed even one sip of booze before getting behind the wheel.

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Currently, drivers are allowed to operate vehicles with a limit of 0,05-gram blood-alcohol per 100 millilitres and 0,24 milligrams breath alcohol content per 1000 millilitres.

It’s going to be zero. No alcohol in the blood – and the law is going to bite with regard to that.” Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula.

South African drivers will also have to deal with the new demerit system in which drivers receive negative points for everything form not wearing a seatbelt to using your phone while driving. Find out how this might affect you, right here. 


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