A man in my area is running a private transport service to drop 8 kids off at school in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. The problem is (and I found this out yesterday) that his old VW Kombi has no seatbelts whatsoever, and I’m not sure he has a PrDP either.
What I’d like to know is if what he’s doing is legal or not?
In terms of the National Road Traffic legislation, a Professional Driving Permit (PrDP) is required for a driver of a motor vehicle that is used for the conveyance of persons for reward. The transportation of school kids to and from school for payment will require that the driver of that vehicle be in possession of a PrDP. The vehicle should also be licensed to carry passengers for reward and therefore requires to be certified as roadworthy annually. The National Land Transport Transition Act makes further regulations in terms of the transportation of school kids, which have to be complied with.’
Seat belts have only been required for mini and midibuses used for reward for vehicles younger than Sept 2006. The older vehicles were not fitted with seat belts and do not require it.