The system of discounting points for infractions committed at the wheel, called “scoring”, will come into force throughout the country from today -and that the Province of Buenos Aires has not yet regulated- with the aim of improving road safety and contemplates the disqualification of the license for certain periods of time when the accumulation of offenses is recorded, regardless of the jurisdiction in which they were committed.
The mechanism consists of the initial assignment of 20 points to each driver with a National Driver’s License, which will be deducted in the event that traffic violations are committed with a scale established according to the seriousness of the offense and that can reach totality, for example, if the person runs “chopped”.
The so-called ‘federal scoring’ system was defined by the authorities as “an outstanding debt since 2011” and, during the presentation made to representatives of the different jurisdictions last days at the Ministry of Transport, the implementation was highlighted “thanks to the consensus between all the provinces and the National Road Safety Agency (ANSV)”.
The districts must incorporate the ‘scoring’ through their Legislatures, Deliberative Councils or authorized bodies and, by implementing it, they will be able to register final sentences that impose loss of points in the National Driver’s License of the responsible offender.
Also, they will be able to register final sentences that impose disqualification of the National Driver’s License due to loss of points and consult the current situation and history of each driver.
The system will interact with the National Driver’s License System (Sinalic) and the National Certificate of Traffic Records (Cenat) so that the Driver’s License Issuance Centers have accurate and updated information at the time of issuing the renewal of this document.
When the 20 points are lost for the first time, the license will be disabled for 60 days; the second time all points are lost it will be 120 days, and the third time 180 days. Then, the period of disqualification will be doubled successively, as stated.
To recover them and reinstate the license, the driver must take a virtual course with an evaluative instance and wait for the disqualification period to end. If the loss of points is partial, the driver will be able to take a virtual course to recover 4 points: private drivers will have this possibility every two years and professionals will be able to do it annually.
In the event that two years elapse without infractions of any kind, since the last offense that subtracted points, the initial 20 points will be automatically restored.
At the local level -as this newspaper opportunely reported-, it must be said that, although the norm must be complied with, the province of Buenos Aires can still take a few months to implement the measure. In the local municipality, in fact, it is expected that it will be the Province -authority in road material- who regulates the deadlines and updates the license processing system.
In the scale of infractions it was established that, for example, 5 points will be deducted in case of driving with an expired driver’s license, without a helmet in the case of motorcyclists and if traffic lights are not respected; while 4 points will be deducted for driving without the Mandatory Technical Review (RTO) or if the seat belt is not worn properly.
The most serious offenses (those that will receive a higher score discount on each driver’s license) are: driving with physical or mental impairments, under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication (10 points); not respecting the speed limits in less than 30% (5 points) and in more than 30% (10 points); drive while disabled or with the license suspended (20 points) and participate or organize, on public roads, unauthorized skill or speed competitions with motor vehicles (20 points).