I have employed a driver from Zimbabwe. He has the equivalent of the old code 8, 10 & 14. He drove Code 14 vehicles for a Zim company for years. He is a very good driver.
The problem I have is that my insurance company won’t recognise the Zimbabwean equivalent of a PDP, apparently its called a “Defensive” in Zim. I have taken it to the Ekhuruleni Metro and they say its valid as a PDP???? Can you please advise?
32. Professional driver to have permit
(1) No person shall drive a motor vehicle of a prescribed class on a public road except in accordance with the conditions of a professional driving permit issued to him or her in accordance with this Chapter and unless he or she keeps such permit with him or her in the vehicle: Provided that this subsection shall not apply to the holder of a learner’s licence who drives such vehicle while he or she is accompanied by a person registered as a professional driver in respect of that class of vehicle.
[Sub-s. (1) amended by s. 5, Act 8/1998.]
nature and extent of the authority granted by;
period of validity of;
form and content of;
application for and issue of;
suspension and cancellation of;
incorporation in any other document of; and
other necessary or expedient matters in relation to,
professional driving permits, shall be as prescribed.
(3) (a) Any document issued by a competent authority in any prescribed territory and serving in that territory a purpose similar to that of a professional driving permit shall, subject to the conditions thereof and to such conditions as may be prescribed, be deemed to be a professional driving permit for the purposes of subsection (1).
(b) A public driving permit issued in terms of the Road Traffic Act, 1989 (Act No. 29 of 1989), or a road traffic law contemplated in paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996), shall, in accordance with the conditions thereof but subject to this Act, be deemed to be a professional driving permit for the purposes of this section for the period of validity of that public driving permit.
The definition of prescribed territory is defined as:
“prescribed territory” means—
the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Kingdom of Swaziland, the Republic of Angola, the Republic of Botswana, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of Zambia and the Republic of Zimbabwe; and
any other state or territory declared by the Minister by notice in the Gazette to be a prescribed territory;