did_you_know782Question:

I need some urgent clarity please. What is the law on parking disks ( a disk similar to a license disk) and a sticker (similar size) despicting your authorising to  go into certain places. We have a dispute at work where the company is paying for a parking bay for the staff member but require that they have a disk attached to their windscreen to enter and to ensure we have no illegal parking. Your advise will be appreciated.

Answer:

The legislation does not allow advertising on the window or anything that obstruct the view of the driver. If you have a small disc on the window and it placed in such a place as not obstruct the driver’s view, I do not think it is illegal.

Reg 202 and 204 apply.

The Regulations:

Glass of windscreen, window and partitions

202. (1) No person shall operate on a public road any motor vehicle having a windscreen, window or partition made of transparent material–

unless such material affords the driver sufficient visibility for safe driving of such vehicle; unless in the case of a windscreen, other than a windscreen fitted to a motor cycle or motor tricycle, such transparent material– is glass; and in respect of a motor vehicle which, according to the registration certificate thereof was registered for the first time after the year 1958, complies with the provisions of paragraph (a) even when shattered; and unless, in respect of a motor vehicle which, according to the registration certificate thereof, was registered for the first time after the year 1958, such transparent material is safety glass and every pane thereof is permanently marked with the name or trade mark of the manufacturer thereof or the trade name of the glass and is clearly identifiable as safety glass by a permanent mark indicating it as such.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (b) and (c) of subregulation (1), the transparent material–

with which–
a window in the roof of a motor vehicle; a window or partition of a bus or a mini-bus; or a window or partition of a semi-trailer designed or adapted for the conveyance of passengers, is made, may consist of ultrahigh impact acrylic or polycarbonate plastic material where each pane thereof is permanently marked with the name or trademark of the manufacturer thereof or the trade name of the material and such material is clearly identifiable as ultrahigh impact acrylic or polycarbonate plastic material by a permanent mark describing it as such;

with which a window or partition or a removable or collapsible hood or canopy of a motor vehicle is made, may consist of a flexible plastic material; and with which a window or partition of a trailer, not designed or adapted for the conveyance of passengers, is made, may in the case where such trailer, according to the registration certificate thereof– was registered for the first time before 1 January 1987, consist of acrylic or polycarbonate plastic material or of glass; or was registered for the first time on or after 1 January 1987, consist of acrylic or polycarbonate plastic material.
(3) No person shall operate on a public road any motor vehicle–

unless the visible light transmittance through– the windscreen is at least 70 per cent; and any other window is at least 35 per cent, when measured in accordance with paragraphs 6.3 of the standard specification SABS 1191 “Safety glass for windows”;

unless any film or tinting material applied to any windscreen, window or partition is free from bubbles, tears or scratches; if, after 1 January 2000, any film or material with a textured surface or any fixture or attachment is positioned over or applied to a windscreen or window in such a manner that its presence reduces visibility through such windscreen or window in any direction.
(4) The provisions of subregulation (3)(a)(ii) shall not apply to an ambulance or a hearse.

Driving view to be unobstructed

204. (1) No person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle–

which is not so constructed and maintained as to afford the driver thereof a full and clear view of the roadway ahead and to his or her right and left when the vehicle is in use; which is not fitted with a rearview mirror or mirrors enabling the driver of such vehicle, when he or she is in the driving position, to see in clear weather a clear reflection of traffic to the rear: Provided that the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply in respect of a tractor; which is a motor car, mini-bus, bus or goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which does not exceed 3 500 kilograms and which, according to the registration certificate thereof, was registered for the first time on or after 1 January 1987, unless it is fitted with an exterior rearview mirror on the driving side and an interior rearview mirror: Provided that where the interior rearview mirror does not enable the driver, when he or she is in the driving position, to see in clear weather, a clear reflection of traffic to the rear, an additional exterior rearview mirror shall be fitted on the side opposite to the driving seat and in such a case it shall not be necessary to fit an interior rearview mirror; which is a mini-bus, bus or goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms and which, according to the registration certificate thereof, was registered for the first time on or after 1 January 1987, unless it is fitted with an exterior rearview mirror on the driving side and an exterior rearview mirror on the side opposite to the driving seat; or which is a motor cycle, a motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle unless it is fitted with a rearview mirror on the right side of the handlebars thereof, and such cycle shall also be fitted with a rearview mirror on the left side of its handlebars.
(2) Every rearview mirror of a motor vehicle–

which–
is a motor car, mini-bus, bus or goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which does not exceed 3 500 kilograms and which, according to the registration certificate thereof, was registered for the first time on or after 1 January 1976; or is a mini-bus, bus or a goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms and which, according to the registration certificate thereof, was registered for the first time during the period 1 January 1976 to 31 December 1986, shall be either flat or spherically convex and have an average radius of curvature of not less than one comma two metres; or

contemplated in subregulation (1)(d) shall be either flat or spherically convex and have an average radius or curvature of not less than one comma eight metres.

Also view:

Road Safety and Your Windscreen

PG Glass chip repair

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