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  • What is the relevant legislation regarding the number of light allowed on a vehicle? Question: Good Morning.In view of the ongoing debate around LED lights and the legality thereof… Please direct me to the relevant legislation specific to the number of light allowed on a vehicle. Answer: There are various provisions that apply. Reg 157 to 185 of the NRT regulations deal with this. You may not fit a spot lamp to a ... Read more
  • How to get funeral cover for elderly parents. Funeral cover is not something that many people enjoy thinking about as it is associated with the heartbreaking reality that their elderly parents will, at some point, no longer be with them. However, if you want to maintain their dignity in death, funeral cover is important to consider. Getting funeral cover for your parents may seem ... Read more
  • What are the Requirements for Emergency Exits and Signage inside a Passenger Bus? Reg 252.    Entrances, exits and emergency exits of mini‑buses and buses (1)     (a)     A minibus, midibus or bus operating in terms of an operating licence issued in accordance with the provisions of the NLTTA shall be equipped with at least one passenger entrance leading from the left front side of such vehicle, Provided that: ... Read more
  • To flee from the scene of an accident in a “Hit-and-Run” is Criminal!! The Arrive Alive website received the following request for assistance earlier today: Question: Good Day I recently started driving this year and I got into my first accident this year on Friday afternoon. The accident wasn’t a big one just our cars scratched each other and I was at fault. I didn’t stop as I was scared so ... Read more
  • What are the risks when getting stopped with a cracked windshield? Question: I wonder if you could let me know if it is legal for a traffic officer to take your licence disk because your vehicle’s windscreen is cracked. Are they not supposed to fine you? Answer: Theoretically, a cracked windscreen – where such crack interferes with the vision of the driver – can render a vehicle unroadworthy. The ... Read more
  • May speed enforcement be done on a downhill? Question: Speed Trapping on a Gradient (Down Hill). Is this Legal or Illegal? Answer: Speed limit enforcement, whether it is on an uphill, downhill or level road surface is completely legal, provided that it is done within the framework of the TCSP Guidelines for Prosecutions using Speed Measuring Equipment. Pure logic must dictate that the speed limit applies, regardless of ... Read more
  • Can I renew my driving licence from abroad? Question: I’m currently working in Zimbabwe. My drivers’ licence will expire 0n 11/12/2107. I cannot return to SA before that time due to TAX reasons. How can I proceed to renew it? Answer: The South African drivers licence can only be renewed in South Africa personally. You must come back home for the eye test and the fingerprints ... Read more
  • What is the “Lifespan” of a Traffic Fine? Question: Could you please assist me as to where I stand legally with regard to traffic fines and what does the law say about the time factor between the time the offense was committed and the time that the summons was delivered to me. In my case, I received a speeding fine (camera) on the 9th October ... Read more
  • What is the national speed limit on gravel roads? Question: What is the national speed limit on gravel roads? Answer: If it is in an urban area 60 km/h and if it is outside an urban area 100 km/h. There is no distinction between tar and gravel roads. Most gravel roads have lower speed limits that are posted on road signs. Regards Alta Alta Swanepoel and Associates CCAdvice for Safe ... Read more
  • It is Illegal to Walk/Run across a Freeway or Park on a Freeway! Question: Good morning. We have a child who is regularly dropped off on the N3 highway in Buccleuch near our school. The child walks up the embankment and to the school. Please let me have the rules concerning this type of behaviour. Much appreciated. Answer: Reg 323 of the National Road Traffic Act applies. A person may not ... Read more
  • Wearing a Helmet when cycling is not optional – It is the Law!! The regulation that applies to cycling helmets is reg 207. This is all the legislation stipulates on cyclist helmets. Reg 207.    Compulsory wearing of protective helmet (1)     No person shall drive or be a passenger on a motor cycle, motor tricycle or a motor quadrucycle, or be a passenger in the side-car attached to a motor cycle, ... Read more
  • Would cyclists be allowed to legally cycle on the R57? Question: We have a small group of cyclists (10) and need to route from the Engen 1 stop Blockhouse to the R716. Are we allowed to use the R57 – (about 30 km)? Answer: Cyclists are allowed on any road where a road sign does NOT prohibit them specifically, and NOT on a freeway. If a road is not ... Read more
  • Would a Criminal Record disqualify a driver from obtaining a PRDP? Question: I would like to know if I’m able to obtain a PRDP when I have a criminal record for assault? Answer: I copy the provision for you. Reg 117 paragraph (c) applies. You may get a PRDP for Goods, but not for Passengers or Dangerous Goods. Regulation 117 Reg 117.   Disqualification from obtaining professional driving permit A professional driving permit shall ... Read more
  • How far does a posted speed limit still apply? Question: I would like to know how many kilometers a speed restriction applies to on a national road. Example: the speed limit is reduced from 120kph to 100kph but there are no signs indicating that the 100kph can be exceeded going back up to 120kph. Is there a distance that the 100kph is enforceable and thereafter ... Read more
  • The missing link… The absence of child seats in minibus and midibuses Question: Could you possibly clarify the following regarding child restraints? Notwithstanding the responsible thing to do. What is the interpretation of the Act Reg 213 regarding the utilisation of child restraints with reference to scholar transport? I.e. pre-school and nursery school children. Effectively, scholar transport is offered with financial reward. The parent pays for this service. Section 6(A) refers: (6A)     ... Read more
  • What are the Rules of the Road on Earth moving TLB tractors Question: I would like to find out what is the road rule regarding the driving on the public roads concerning tractors and specifically Earth moving TLB tractors. The TLB mx weight is 8500KG, however an JMPD officer has stopped one of the operators and according to the officer a vehicle needs to accompany the TLB on ... Read more
  • What is the Height Restriction for the load I may Transport? Question: Could you please give me clarity in regards to the height loading limit on the New Toyota Hilux bakkie drawing a flatbed trailer loading mattresses. a.loading platform above roof ________________ / / b.loading platform c.flatdeck /_____________________v_________ bakkie trailer 2.4m? Answer: There is a general height restriction of 4.3 metres. There is no specific restriction for bakkies. The ... Read more
  • Any vehicle with 12+ seats must have an annual roadworthy certificate and an operator card. Question: Please, could someone help clear something up…  Our company bought a new Nissan NV350 (minibus taxi) 16 seater vehicle last year and it came with operators card/license. The operators’ card is about to expire and I need advice as to if we actually need it as every person I can find has a different answer.  Our company ... Read more
  • Do I need a PRDP if the truck drilling machine is registered as a “special vehicle”? Question: We own a drilling company and the Drilling machine is on a truck which is registered at the Department as a special vehicle, self-propelled! Does our driver need a PRDP to drive this vehicle? We were told according to Act he does not need on as the vehicle is registered as a special vehicle. Is ... Read more
  • Where do you need to apply for an exemption not to wear a seatbelt? Question: Somewhere in the 1970’s I applied and received approval of not wearing a seatbelt. Medical reasons. At the beginning of 2017 “naughty” boys stole my ID book which also holds my ID, drivers license and my permit not to wear a seat belt. As a handicapped As a handicapped person, I rely on my car to get ... Read more