DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT

No. R. ............................ ................... 1999

NATIONAL ROAD TRAFFIC ACT, 1996 (ACT No. 93 OF 1996)

NATIONAL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS, 1999

The Minister of Transport has, under section 75 of the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996), made the regulations in the Schedule.

SCHEDULE

Arrangement of regulations

Regulation No.

CHAPTER I

DEFINITIONS

1. Definitions

CHAPTER II

REGISTERING AUTHORITIES AND AUTHORISED OFFICERS

Part I

Matters relating to registering authorities

1A. Procedure in case of dispute in relation to appropriate registering authority

Part II

Authorised Officers

1B. Manner of application for registration as inspector of licences, examiner of vehicles, examiner for driving licences or traffic officer
1C. Manner of registration as inspector of licences, examiner of vehicles, examiner for driving licences or traffic officer
2. Grades of examiner of vehicles and examiner for driving licences
2A. Manner of suspension or cancellation of registration of authorised officer

Part III

Requirements for approval of training centres

2B. Requirements for approval of training centres by Shareholders Committee

CHAPTER III

REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF MOTOR VEHICLES, AND REGISTRATION OF MANUFACTURERS, BUILDERS AND IMPORTERS, AND MANUFACTURERS OF NUMBER PLATES

Part I

Registration and licensing of motor vehicles

3. Motor vehicle to be registered
4. Motor vehicle deemed to be registered
5. Motor vehicle exempt from registration
6. Date on which registration of motor vehicle becomes null and void
7. Date and conditions on which motor vehicle to be registered
8. Manner of application for registration of motor vehicle
9. Additional requirements for registration of motor vehicle built up from parts
9A. Additional requirements for registration of deregistered motor vehicle
10. Additional requirements for registration of motor vehicle acquired from the estate of deceased person
11. Additional requirements for registration of repossessed motor vehicle
12. Additional requirements for registration of motor vehicle acquired outside borders of Republic
12A. Additional requirements for registration of motor vehicle previously reported as stolen
13. Manner of registration of motor vehicle
14. Application by and appointment of manufacturer or importer as agent of registering authority
15. Introduction of motor vehicles by manufacturer or importer appointed as agent
16. Application for registration certificate in respect of motor vehicle introduced by manufacturer or importer
17. Deregistration of registered motor vehicle which becomes exempt from registration
18. Motor vehicle to be licensed
19. Motor vehicle deemed to be licensed
20. Motor vehicle exempt from licensing
21. Special classification of motor vehicle in relation to motor vehicle licence fees
22. Date on which motor vehicle licence and licence disc of motor vehicle becomes null and void
23. Date on which motor vehicle to be licensed
24. Manner of application for licensing of motor vehicle
25. Manner of licensing of motor vehicle
26. Period of validity of motor vehicle licence and licence disc
27. Licence mark and licence number system
28. Personalised licence number system
29. MEC may change allocated licence number
30. Motor vehicle licence assessment
31. Additional requirements for application for licensing in the case of alteration or reconstruction of registered motor vehicle
32. Procedure on change of appropriate registering authority due to owner moving
33. Procedure on re-defining of area of registering authority
34. Procedure on change of licence mark of registering authority or licence number system of province
35. Display of licence number
36. Display of licence disc or licence and roadworthy certificate disc
37. Procedure for refund of motor vehicle licence fees

Part II

Registration of manufacturers, builders, importers and manufacturers of number plates

38. Certain manufacturers, builders and importers to register
39. Manner of application for registration as manufacturer, builder or importer
40. Manner of registration of manufacturer, builder or importer
41. Conditions for registration of manufacturer, builder or importer
42. Manner of suspension or cancellation of registration of manufacturer, builder or importer
43. Duties of certain manufacturers, builders or importers not required to register
44. Powers and duties of inspectorate of manufacturers, builders and importers
45. Fee to defray expenditure incurred by inspectorate of manufacturers, builders and importers
46. Procedure for change of particulars of manufacturer, builder or importer
47. Manner of change of conditions upon which manufacturer, builder or importer is registered
48. Manufacturers of number plates to register
49. Manner of application for and registration of manufacturers of number plates
50. Conditions for registration as manufacturer of number plates
51. Manner of suspension or cancellation of registration of manufacturer of number plates

Part III

General

52. Procedure for change of particulars of title holder or owner of registered motor vehicle
53. Duty of title holder and owner of motor vehicle where such title holder or owner changes
54. Procedure if motor vehicle is stolen
55. Procedure if motor vehicle becomes permanently unfit for use as motor vehicle
56. Number to be affixed to motor vehicle
57. Penalties for late registration or licensing
58. Registration and licence fees not payable in respect of certain vehicles
59. Arrear fees for licensing of motor vehicle or motor trade number
60. Period of grace
61. Procedure when cheque is dishonoured
62. Duty to furnish information
63. Duty of registering authority in respect of records
64. Confirmation of information in respect of motor vehicle
65. Exporting of motor vehicle
66. Manner in which mass measuring certificate to be obtained
67. Manufacturer, builder or importer to provide certificate
68. Registration certificate to be submitted by owner and title holder under certain circumstances

CHAPTER IV

MOTOR TRADE NUMBERS, TEMPORARY AND SPECIAL PERMITS

Part I

Motor Trade Numbers

69. Motor vehicles may be operated under motor trade number under certain circumstances
70. Manner of application for motor trade number
71. Motor trade number system
72. Manner of issue of motor trade number
73. Motor trade number to be licensed
74. Date on which motor trade number to be licensed
75. Manner of application for a motor trade number licence
76. Manner of licensing of motor trade number
77. Period of validity of motor trade number licence and motor trade number licence disc
78. Motor trade number licence assessment
79. Procedure for change of particulars of holder of motor trade number
80. Cancellation of motor trade number
81. Number issued in prescribed territory
82. Display of motor trade number and motor trade number licence disc
83. Right of appeal to MEC

Part II

Temporary and special permits

84. Circumstances in which motor vehicle may be operated on public road under temporary or special permit
85. Manner of application for temporary or special permit
86. Temporary or special permit number system
87. Manner of issue of temporary or special permit
88. Period of validity of temporary and special permit
89. Display of temporary or special permit
90. Duty of motor dealer in respect of temporary permit

CHAPTER V

FITNESS OF DRIVERS

Part I

Driving licence testing centres

91. Manner of application for registration of driving licence testing centre and identification of management representative
92. Requirements for registration as driving licence testing centre
93. Manner of registration of driving licence testing centre
94. Change of registration particulars
95. Grades of driving licence testing centres
96. Manner of suspension or cancellation of registration of driving licence testing centre
97. Powers and duties of inspectorate of driving licence testing centres
98. Fee to defray expenditure incurred by inspectorate of driving licence testing centres

Part II

Learner's and driving licences

99. Categories of learner's and driving licences, classes of motor vehicles relating to each category of such licences and authority conveyed by such licences
100. Authorisation which serves as licence in terms of section 12 of Act
101. Period of validity of learner's licence and driving licence
102. Defective vision disqualifying person from obtaining or holding licence
103. Manner of application for learner's licence
104. Manner and contents on which applicant for learner's licence to be tested and examined
105. Issue of learner's licence
106. Manner of application for driving licence
107. Manner and contents on which applicant for driving licence to be examined
108. Manner of issue of driving licence
109. Application for and issue of duplicate of licence
110. Conditions for acknowledgement and exchange of a driving licence not issued in terms of Act, and international driving permit
111. Application for driving licence in terms of section 19 of Act and regulation 110(6)(a)
112. Application for driving licence in terms of section 20 of Act and regulation 110(6)(b)
112A. Authorisation to allow person to receive driving licence card on behalf of another person
113. Manner of notification of new residential and postal address
114. Manner of application for and issue of licence free of endorsements

Part III

Instructors

114A. Application for registration as instructor

114B. Examination and test to determine competence to act as instructor

114C. Registration of instructor

114D. Cancellation or suspension of registration of instructors

114E. Application for amendment of registration of instructor

Part IV

Professional Driving Permit

115. Certain drivers of certain vehicles to hold professional driving permit
116. Categories of, and authority conveyed by, professional driving permit
117. Disqualification from obtaining professional driving permit
118. Application for professional driving permit
119. Manner of issue of professional driving permit
120. Professional driving permit remains in force after application
121. Application for duplicate driving licence card on which professional driving permit appears
122. Period of validity of professional driving permit, re-application and re-issuing
123. Suspension or cancellation of professional driving permit
124. Prohibition on permitting or assisting person not being holder of professional driving permit to drive vehicle
125. Referral of application to chief executive officer
126. Records to be kept by driving licence testing centre of professional driving permits
127. Voidness of professional driving permit issued contrary to regulations

CHAPTER VI

FITNESS OF VEHICLES

Part I

Testing stations, roadworthy certificates and certification of roadworthiness

128. Manner of application for registration of testing station
129. Requirements to be met for registration of testing station
130. Manner of registration of testing station
131. Notification by management representative of change of particulars of testing station
132. Grades of testing stations
133. Conditions for provisionally registered testing stations
134. Manner of suspension or cancellation of registration of testing station
135. Power and duties of inspectorate of testing stations
136. Fee to defray expenditure incurred by inspectorate of testing stations
137. Testing stations authorised to examine and test certain motor vehicles
138. Certification of roadworthiness required in certain circumstances
139. Manner of application for certification of roadworthiness
140. Examination and testing of motor vehicle for roadworthiness
141. Manner of certification of roadworthiness
142. Certain classes of motor vehicles requiring roadworthy certificate
143. Issue of roadworthy certificate
144. Voidness of roadworthy certificate
145. Period of validity of roadworthy certificate
146. Provisions of Act to prevail
147. Notice in terms of section 3F(a) or section 3I(a) of Act to direct that motor vehicle be taken to testing station
148. Notice in terms of section 44 of Act to discontinue operation of motor vehicle

Part II

Equipment on or in respect of vehicles

149. Brakes on motor vehicles
149A. Anti-theft device fitted to brakes prohibited
150. Brakes on motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle
151. Brakes on trailers
152. Brakes on pedal cycles
153. Brakes on unspecified vehicles
154. Specifications for brakes
155. Braking performance of service, emergency and parking brakes
156. Condition and operation of brakes
157. Vehicles to be equipped with certain lamps and times when certain lamps to be lighted
158. Visibility distance of lights
159. Head lamps
160. Main-beam
161. Dipped-beam
161A. Daytime running lamp
162. Lights to be displayed on stationary or parked motor vehicle
163. Fog lamps
164. Parking lamps
165. When parking lamps to be kept lighted
166. Front-position lamps
167. End-outline-marker lamps
168. Rear lamps
169. Stop lamps
170. Number plate lamps
171. Side-marker lamps
172. Interior lamps
173. Lamp illuminating notice on motor vehicle
174. Decorating lamps
175. Reversing lamps
176. Identification lamps
177. Use of spot lamp
178. Lamps on pedal cycle
179. Lamps on animal drawn vehicles
180. Lamps on unspecified vehicles
181. Colour of lights
182. Certain lamps to emit diffused lights
183. Lamps to emit steady light
184. Manner in which lamps to be fitted and maintained
185. Lamps not prescribed or authorised, prohibited
186. White retro-reflectors to be fitted on front of certain vehicles
187. Red retro-reflectors to be fitted on rear of certain vehicles
188. Yellow retro-reflectors to be fitted on sides of certain motor vehicles
189. General requirements for retro-reflectors
190. Rear retro-reflectors on vehicles with certain bodies
191. Warning sign on rear of certain motor vehicles (chevrons)
192. Unlawful use of reflector or reflective material
192A. Side and rear retro-reflective material to be fitted to vehicles
193. Motor vehicle to be equipped with direction indicators
194. Direction indicators of flasher type
195. Direction indicator of illuminated window-type
196. Combination of different types of direction indicators
197. Direction indicators on motor vehicles with overall length in excess of 7,6 metres
198. General requirements for direction indicators
199. Prohibition of use of direction indicator not complying with regulations
200. Steering gear
201. Warning devices
202. Glass of windscreen, window and partitions
203. Windscreen wiper
204. Driving view to be unobstructed
205. Fuel tank, electrical wiring and battery
206. Engine of motor vehicle to be covered
207. Compulsory wearing of protective helmet in respect of motor cycle
208. Manner in which side-car to be attached to motor cycle
209. Exhaust silencers and exhaust pipes
210. Entrances and exits
211. Motor vehicle to be capable of travelling backwards and forwards
212. Tyres
213. Seatbelts
214. Emergency warning signs (Triangle)
215. Speedometers
216. Motor vehicles operated on public road to comply with compulsory vehicle specifications
217. Wheel flaps
218. Rear underrun protection device
219. Axle or axle unit to be fitted to semi-trailer
220. Certain vehicles exempt from certain provisions of this Part

Part III

Dimensions of vehicles

221. Overall length of vehicle
222. Restriction on combination of motor vehicles
223. Overall width of vehicle
224. Overall height of vehicle and load
225. Turning radius and wheelbase
226. Overhang of vehicle
227. Projections in case of vehicle other than motor cycle, motor tricycle, motor quadru cycle or pedal cycle
228. Projections in case of motor cycle, motor tricycle, motor quadru cycle or pedal cycle
229. Warning in respect of projecting load
230. Certain vehicles exempt from provisions of this Part

Part IV

Loads on vehicles

231. Manner in which children to be counted for purposes of regulations
232. Mass of person and luggage for determining mass of load
233. Number of persons that may be carried on motor vehicle in relation to seating capacity
234. Permissible maximum axle massload of vehicle
235. Permissible maximum axle unit massload of vehicle
236. Permissible maximum vehicle mass
237. Permissible maximum combination mass
238. Load on tyres
239. Gross vehicle mass, gross axle massload, gross axle unit massload, gross combination mass, power to mass ratio and axle massload of driving axle to total mass ratio not to be exceeded
240. Massload carrying capacity of road
241. Massload carrying capacity of bridges
242. Distribution of axle massload and wheel massload on vehicle fitted with pneumatic tyres
243. Axle massload of vehicles fitted with tyres other than pneumatic tyres
244. Information to be displayed on certain motor vehicles
245. Information plates on certain vehicles
246. Manner in which goods to be carried
247. Circumstances under which persons may be carried on goods vehicle
248. Presumptions
249. Certain vehicles exempt from provisions of this Part

Part V

Provisions relating to passenger carrying vehicles

250. Persons not to be carried in goods compartment for reward
251. Sides and roof
252. Entrances, exits and emergency exits of mini-buses and buses
253. Entrances and exits to be fitted with doors
254. Stairs
255. Passageways
256. Seats
257. Goods carried in mini-bus or bus conveying persons for reward
258. Windows and windscreens
259. Fuel receptacles, etc
260. Fire extinguishers
261. Rearview mirrors
262. Tilt angle
263. Standing persons
264. Special provisions relating to school buses

CHAPTER VII

OPERATOR FITNESS

265. Classes of motor vehicles in respect of which operator to be registered
266. Operator card for goods category
267. Manner of registration of operator and issue of operator card
268. Application for and issue of duplicate operator card
269. Conditions of temporary operator card
270. Change of particulars
271. Procedure in case of suspension
272. Manner in which operator card to be displayed on motor vehicle

CHAPTER VIII

TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS AND SUBSTANCES BY ROAD

273. Definitions
273A. Incorporation of standards
274. Application
274A. Other legislation applicable
275. Transportation of dangerous goods prohibited
276. Exemptions
277. Duties of operator, driver, consignor and consignee
278. Dangerous goods to be compatible
279. Authority for classification and certification of dangerous goods
280. Driver to undergo training
281. Documents to be held by driver
282. Dangerous goods inspectors
283. Powers, duties and functions of dangerous goods inspectors

CHAPTER IX

ROAD TRAFFIC SIGNS AND GENERAL SPEED LIMIT

Part I

Road traffic signs

284. Definitions
285. Purpose, classification and types of road traffic signs
286. Dimensions for manufacture of road traffic signs
286A. Colours for manufacture of road traffic signs
287. Manner of display of road signs and road signals
287A. Manner of display of traffic signal
288. Signs regulating parking, stopping and hawkers
289. Authority to enter premises contrary to regulatory sign
290. Prohibition on advertising material on road traffic sign or road traffic sign used in advertisement
291. Transitional provision

Part II

Speed limits

292. General speed limits
293. Speed limit for particular class of vehicle
94. Speed limit in relation to tyres
295. Speed limit in relation to braking capability

CHAPTER X

RULES OF THE ROAD AND MATTERS RELATING THERETO

Part I

Rules of the road

296. Vehicle to be driven on left side of roadway
297. Driving on divided public road
298. Passing of vehicle
298A. Prohibition on driving on shoulder of public road, except in certain circumstances
299. Crossing or entering public road or traffic lane
300. Driving signals
301. Right of way at certain road junctions
302. Procedure when turning
303. Towing of vehicles
304. Stopping of vehicles
305. Parking of vehicles
306. Certain vehicles may be stopped and parked at any place where necessary
307. Compulsory stops
308. General duties of driver or passenger of vehicle on public road
308A. Prohibition on use of communication device while driving
309. Duties relating to motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle
310. Vehicle causing excessive noise
310A. Use of hooter
311. Riding on pedal cycles
312. Device running on rails
313. Animal on public road
314. Animal-drawn vehicles
315. Pedestrian's right of way in pedestrian crossing
316. Duties of pedestrians
317. Racing and sport on public roads
318. Convoys on public road
319. Hindering or obstructing traffic on public road
320. Vehicle left or abandoned on public road
321. Damage to public roads
322. Trading on public roads
323. Special provisions relating to freeways

Part II

Driving signals and signals for the control of traffic

324. Left-turn hand signal
325. Right-turn hand signal
326. Use of direction indicators in lieu of hand signals
327. Signal to indicate intention to reduce speed
328. Permissible hand signals
329. Signals for use by traffic officer for control of traffic

Part III

General

330. Towing of vehicles

CHAPTER XI

REGISTERS AND RECORDS

331. Matters relating to registers and records

CHAPTER XII

MATTERS RELATING TO DRIVING WHILE UNDER INFLUENCE OF INTOXICATING LIQUOR OR DRUG HAVING NARCOTIC EFFECT, AND OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

332. Equipment used in ascertaining concentration of alcohol in breath
333. Offences and penalties

CHAPTER XIII

MISCELLANEOUS

334. Vehicles owned by Department of Defence exempt
335. Application for and issue of traffic register number and certificate
335A. Inspector of licences or traffic officer entitled to free use of certain facilities
335B. Officer to use prescribed forms
336. Proxy and representative
337. Prohibition of use of certain lamps or lighting devices

CHAPTER XIV

TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS, REPEAL OF REGULATIONS AND TITLE AND COMMENCEMENT

338. Transitional provisions: References to chief executive officer, Shareholders Committee, and Corporation
339. Transitional provisions: Fees
340. Transitional provisions: Training centres
341. Transitional provisions: Manufacturers of number plates
342. Transitional provisions: Professional driving permits
343. Transitional provisions: Instructors
344. Transitional provisions: General
345. Repeal of regulations
346. Title and commencement