Sir/Madam, can you please clarify the meaning of an offence “Drove motor vehicle on a public road. Operator card not displayed.”


Dear Sir or Madam.

For a change, this particular question has an easy and straight-forward answer attached to it.

All motor vehicles which are classified as requiring an operator to be registered must undergo regular roadworthy tests and be issued with a current operator card when this happens. Operator class vehicles are defined under Regulation 265 of the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000 as follows:

265. Classes of motor vehicles in respect of which operator to be registered
(1) An operator shall be registered in respect of a—
(a) goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms;
(b) breakdown vehicle;
(c) motor vehicle to which regulations 273 to 283 apply as contemplated in regulation 274;
(d) bus;
(e) midibus;
(f) mini-bus—
(i) the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms; or
(ii) which is designed or adapted for the conveyance of 12 or more persons, including the driver; and
(g) motor vehicle used for the conveyance of persons for reward, registered in the Republic.

If your vehicle falls under any of the above classifications, then it requires an operator card (roadworthy disc) to be displayed in its windscreen, along with its license disc.

Best Regards,

Howard Dembovsky
National Chairman – Justice Project South Africa (NPC)

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10 thoughts on “What is the Operator card that must be displayed on a vehicle?

  1. Malcolm

    Hi Mr. Dembovsky
    I have an operating cards on my vehicles. We are a shuttle company and a traffic officer stopped me and ask for a permit.

    I Google’d and found some applications on the westerncape.gov.za website but are not sure witch one to apply for.

    Can you please advise me what Permit they mentioned.


  2. Joe

    Where does one apply for an operator card?

  3. we have just received traffic fine for not displaying a operators card on
    our hyundia h100.
    we use vehicle to delivery aerolite. vehicle does not exceed 3 500 kilograms;
    is this correct

  4. One of our drivers just got a traffic fine for ” Operator card not displayed” in Kempton Park.
    I have never heard of such a thing and non of my vehicles have these. The bakkies are all 1 Ton vehicles ???
    Is this correct ?

  5. Paul

    Hi we use 2 Kia K2700 Bakkies to deliver coffins. the loads never exceed 3000 kg. why would we get fined for not having a operators card?

  6. We have mobile cranes in our company with specialised licence. Do this mobile cranes need the operator’s card?
    Thank you
    Oscar Willmer

  7. aviwe

    you can also get the operator card on Toyota avanza?

  8. We transport used cooking oil not exceeding gross mass of 3500kg’s. I am continuously being harassed by traffic cops and I keep getting fines for operator cards. According to the comment above, my vehicles do not need the operator cards as we do not fall within the criteria you mentioned.
    Do I have to send my vehicles for roadworthy every time I have them licenced?

  9. Albert

    I have an operator card on my Hiace (Taxi) to transport passengers, do I need permit and how/where to get it?

  10. Sir

    do we need to put a operational card on a KIA work horse and doesn’t exceed 3500kg

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