South Africa’s New Traffic Laws – What You Need to Know

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Transport Minister spokesperson, Ishmael Mnisi has confirmed that the first of the department of transport’s road regulations will be implemented. Motorists can expect new traffic laws to be in effect from the 11th of May this year. This will prohibit bakkie drivers from transporting children in the back of their vehicles as well as prohibiting them from carrying more than five passengers in the load bay.

According to Arrive Alive, the transport of school children is occurring on a reward basis (i.e. transport for remuneration). It is not a total ban on school children being transported, however it is supposed to encourage the use of safer vehicles.

Additionally, strict speed regulations have been imposed on heavy goods vehicles, limiting the speed they are allowed to travel at based on their weight.

Other laws, which were proposed as early as 2015 are also up for public debate but can be implemented officially within the next year.

Practical Examinations

Drivers will have to undergo a practical examination when they apply to renew their driver’s license.

Revamp of the K53 Test

The K53 test is receiving a complete review and revamp. Should the proposed changes be accepted, workshops and consultations will be held to educate driving schools, instructors and the like on the changes.

Ban of Heavy Vehicles During Peak Times

Vehicles above 9000 kg GVM will be banned from public roads during peak traffic times.

Speed Reductions

Speed limits will be reduced from 60km/h to 40km/h in urban areas, 100km/h to 80km/h in rural areas and 120km/h to 100km/h on freeways.

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