Auris HSD -The new standard for green motoring

From the iconic Prius to the super-frugal Yaris HSD, Toyota with its burgeoning range of hybrids, is changing the way people drive. However, a nagging myth that persists around environmentally-friendly vehicles is their power or rather, perceived lack of it.  Toyota has ‘tuned’ into this and thanks to advanced electronic mechanisms which intelligently strike the…

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Holder of a learner’s licence MUST be accompanied by a person with a Driving Licence on the road!

Question: I understand that a learner driver is not allowed to drive a vehicle without presence of licenced instructor or licenced driver. Is this legislated? If it is, please refer me to the relevant section in the National Road Traffic Act? Answer: In brief: A person driving with a Learner’s Licence MUST be accompanied and…

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It’s a Go for Jeremy, James and The Stig as they Gear Up for Durban

Top Gear Presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May along with their infamous tame racing driver The Stig, will once again burn rubber on the tar tracks of Moses Mabhida Stadium from June 15-16, 2013, during Durban’s second Top Gear Festival powered by Shell V-Power. Having just wrapped up Top Gear Live in Moscow and Sydney,…

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Can I legally park my moped on the pedestrian pavement?

Question: Common sense tells me, that where there is no designated parking spot the best place to park a moped is on the pedestrian walk, provided it allows sufficient space for pedestrians to get past. Unfortunately common sense and law are often contradictory terms. Could you tell me what is legal in South Africa? Does the…

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Will it be safe to drive with a motorbike from Stutterheim to Morgan Bay?

Question: I would like to know if the following road is safe when travelling with motorcycle: from Stutterheim to Morgan bay, the route 63 and then N2 to R349. How are the conditions of these roads? Thanks so much for your help. Answer: The roads you have mentioned are all in good condition for motorcycle…

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Can my car be so dirty that it becomes non-roadworthy?

Question: I recently captured a photo of this vehicle driving by on the M1 in Johannesburg. [I was in the passenger seat leaning to right  – just in case you want to comment about taking photos while driving] The number plates were not visible. Is this transgressing the Rules of the Road? Answer: The car…

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Automotive Business Control Instruments Shows Profit Turnaround and New Products

  Eliminated exposure to the OEM business Repositioned the business as an automotive aftermarket business Operating profit from continuing operations R29,65-million – up from R17,93-million Profit after tax from continuing operations R19,92-million – up from R9,12-million Earnings per share from continuing operations 14,48 cents– up from 6,63 cents Resumption of dividends   For the year…

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Are there any provisions in the road traffic act that limit the noise level emanating from a vehicle?

Question: Are there any provisions in the road traffic act that limit the noise level emanating from a vehicle. And do any such provisions relate only to engine/exhaust noise? My question relates to people who fit powerful subwoofer systems to the vehicles and drive around with music at top volume so that the sound of…

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Can Traffic register number certificates be acceptable identification for foreigners?

Question: Could somebody please contact me, either Alta or Jody to explain to me about traffic register numbers? I have been advised by a driving school in Johannesburg that they use traffic register numbers for those foreign nationals who wish to apply for either learners permits, licences or who want to register a motor vehicle.…

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