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February 7th, 2017 by


The Minister of Transport has continued her campaign against irresponsible driving and deaths on SA roads. This time by announcing the new driving regulations in South Africa. The new regulations are set for 11 May 2017.

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New Driving Regulations In South Africa 

  • Drivers will have to undergo a practical re-evaluation when renewing a licence.
  • A complete review and revamp of the current K53 test.
  • Speed limits to be reduced from 60km/h to 40km/h in urban areas, from 100km/h to 80km/h in rural areas, and from 120km/h to 100km/h on freeways running through a residential area
  • Goods vehicles above 9000kg GVM to be banned from public roads during peak traveling times.
  • Under Regulation 250, no school child may be transported for reward in the goods compartment of a vehicle. Other persons may also not be transported in the goods compartment for reward. Unless it is done in terms of the NLTA.

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JPSA Accuse DoT Of “Spreading Misinformation”

Howard Dembrobsky of the Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has said the Department of Transport has confused the public. According to Dembrobsky, the Department of Transport has simply been spreading misinformation.

“For some reason, which is not immediately apparent to us, the Department of Transport appears to have chosen to irresponsibly conflate actual promulgated amendments with draft amendments. This merely has the effect of spreading misinformation and confusing the public.” 

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Dembovsky Provided Corrections For The Statement Made By The Department Of Transport

  • Instead of bolstering the prohibition of persons on the back of bakkies and other goods vehicles for reward, this insertion has actually “legalised” the transportation of any and all other persons in the goods compartment of a motor vehicle for reward. Provided that the transport operator applies to and pays the Department of Transport for a permit to do so.
  • The amendments to Regulation 250 come into effect on 11 May 2017 and NOT “1 May 2017”, as has been widely reported.
  • The amendment of Regulation 250 imposes no prohibition whatsoever on the conveyance of any person (school children not excluded) in the goods compartment of a motor vehicle, where no fee is charged.
  • There is no prescript regarding the maximum number of persons who may be conveyed in the goods compartment of a motor vehicle contained in this amendment.
  • Insofar as the vehicle class speed limit of 100km/h for goods vehicles with a GVM/GCM of more than 3500kg, but less than 9000kg goes, the insertion of subparagraphs (aa) and (bb) into Regulation 293(iv), which gave effect to this specific vehicle class speed limit came into immediate effect on 11 November 2016.

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  • Nadine Spires

    “Drivers will have to undergo a practical re-evaluation when renewing a licence.”
    As it is there is so much corruption just trying to get your driver’s license, how will this help anyone other than to make money? Taxi drivers will get off without a worry.

    • Andre Scheepers

      I agree. They flout the law left and right in full view of traffic officers, but the officers keep turning a blind eye at the obvious. The state of some of these taxis are frightening to say the least and I wonder why the passengers still use them?

      • Sérgio Paulo Russo Pintó

        They pay Metro their KFC money that’s why

    • talk

      Really, another money-making racket. What about the taxi drivers int he morning, it’s ridiculous to think how they actually got a licence in the first place. This is not going to work. They’re just out to make money from us hard-working citizens!

    • Nadine Spires

      Big bucks, drivers who have been driving for years may actually fail the test. This includes responsible drivers.

  • alexia

    Someone is about to make money. Road signs etc. The only problem in this country is alcohol! The drivers need to realise that they have a responsilbilty to others and should stop drinking and driving. Policing on public holidays only, will not stop the carnage. Penalising all citizens because a section of society deem it unesessary to obey the law, is also not going to work. The law breakers will continue to break the law.

    • Time_to_Stand

      Cell phone dialing and messaging or reading messages is just as bad. Buy we really are a stupid country, instead of being very harsh on those who transgress, we punish the lot. Our normal drive to the lowest common denominator!

  • alexia

    Oh, but I do agree that heavy trucks, must not be alllowed to travel in peak times.

    • Vijay Bhagwandeen

      what is peak time???? you going on holiday!!!!!! heavy trucks they are working trying to keep this country going taking the food, fuel etc. etc.so that you can enjoy your holiday

      • PEET OLIVIER

        MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN SA DO NOT KNOW THAT THE TRUCKS BROUGHT THERE FOOD,CLOSE,FEUL AND ALL THE OTHER STUFF TO THERE DOORS DAYLY.TOOK THE TRUCKS AWAY AND THE ECONOMY WILL SLIP DOWN THE DRAIN

        • Sisa Psi Khoza

          Or, just hear me out here as this is just a suggestions, maybe invest more in rail (which is intended for transport for massive goods) instead of having trucks.

          Because 1, those people have questionable driving pracrices and 2, those people have questionable driving practices.

          • alexia

            I absolutely agree Sisa. Back in the day, there was a fully functional rail system. Safe, fast, and comfortable. Long distance, cross borders etc. What happened to that system? Corruption.

          • EvR

            Taxis, THIS is what happened to the railways!!!!!!!! Taxis that rule this Country and all roads!! THEY (neither the Municipality, nor the Government, NOR the Traffic Department or any other entity) have NO authority over the violent, self-ruling TAXI INDUSTRY!!!!!!!!! WE, the citizens are the FOOLS who (I bet you my whole savings piggy) ARE PAYING FOR FUEL SUBSIDIES for the taxi industry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When there is a hike in ANY FEES, ANY COST OF ANYTHING etc. you see striking BUT ALAS…………not one single taxi dude strikes when the fuel increases and increases and increases………and NOBODY has EVER wondered WHY????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • alexia

        Honestly? Trucks are able to drive at night, as they are currently doing. Peak times are enough of a nightmare, and trucks are a large percentage the cause. After 8 am till 4 pm, then 6 pm till 6 am is more than enough time to deliver. I have lived in a country that have this in place, and trust me, there is nothing wrong with the economy. This applies only in major cities. It works.

    • Ian

      How do you think all your daily need in terms of oh…. let’s say coffee, milk, bread, fresh fruit and vegetable etc….. get to your table every morning???????

      • alexia

        The same way that it gets to us, during the day. We are talking PEAK traffic times here. Not a total ban. Honestly? Trucks are able to drive at night, as they are currently doing. Peak times are enough of a nightmare, and trucks are a large percentage the cause. After 8 am till 4 pm, then 6 pm till 6 am is more than enough time to deliver. I have lived in a country that have this in place, and trust me, there is nothing wrong with the economy. This applies only in major cities. It works.

        • Collett du plooy

          One problem with this, is that the people who are waiting for the delivery, might not want to stay until late / early hours to receive stock…. but if they do, then that is also less traffic in peak hours… This might work in another country, mind telling us which one it is? But most South Africans, don’t really like change, most feel that we are already being messed around by government and changes like this will make people more resentful

    • EvR

      Hi Alexia, please tell me WHAT do you suppose our fruit, veg, meat etc. is going to cost farmers in spoilage??!!! This is a very unwise decision as picking, packing and moving is done during working hours….how do you expect your food to arrive “alive”, well and fresh if you don’t want them driving around when it doesn’t suit you to deliver their fresh produce etc.?

  • disqus_qX3C4Tczfo

    they cannot cope with the new people applying for licences, how are they going to manage the millions reapplying for their licence????

    • Collett du plooy

      Our taxes will pay for bigger and better testing stations and Voila…. Job creation! (hundreds more over paid testing officials! We will most probably have to pay to re-do our licenses…. But then, What about the unemployed? If they cant afford to re-do their license, They wont be able to apply for driving jobs….

    • Erich Xerocast Glenewinkel

      again another idiotic decision that will most probably be thrown out the window because of the unprepared idiots managing this. You will have to make a appointment for your license 2 years before you actually go for it due to too many people applying for their “re-evaluation”. Not a thought out decision.

  • disgusted

    The major problem on the roads is total lack of traffic police presence. And what will the re-evaluation cost us? I suppose it will take months & months waiting for an appointment and will cost the tax payer a whole lot more and then waiting for the new license we will have to pay for a temporary license for six months or more. This is a joke and just another way of making more money for the already corrupt.

    • PEET OLIVIER

      IT IS NOT AN LACK OF TRAFFIC POLICE PRECENSE MOST OF THE TIME THEY ARE THE MAIN CAUSE OF ACCIDENTS ON HIGH WAYS

  • SAcitizen12

    they cannot enforce the current laws of the road, how will lowering the speed line help?
    get your current system working, before making major changes.

    • Time_to_Stand

      It really is as simple as that. The biggest issue is moving violations! Attend to those!

  • Tekman

    I am an Englishman who is married to a south African and have lived in your beautiful country for the past six years. The standard of driving in this country alarmed me at first but like most things we have to get used to the way things are done.
    We also lowered the speed limits in the UK years ago because (allegedly) of the high accident rate mainly due to those irresponsible drivers who drive while under the influence of mainly alcohol and drugs.
    This has reduced the accident rates but increased the health risks to the population. Higher carbon emissions happen as the slower pace causes even more traffic jams thus making the air unhealthier.
    This is a safety campaign but also as others have mentioned a way for the government to raise more revenue which is a typical of all governments. Hurt the decent working individuals in the pocket once again. The Taxi drivers are a law unto themselves and I too cannot understand how any of them have obtained their licences legally.
    A practical re-evaluation of a persons ability to control a car safely is in my opinion only relevant when renewing a licence and should only apply if that person has had a ban from driving of has reached an age such as 70 plus only. It is disgusting and quite frankly dim to make such suggestions law.

  • Pieter Pretorius

    We better stop this b/s very quickly. If we don’t, this is going to cost us dearly…

    • Carina Botha

      Agreed. Time to stop this shit. Draw up a petition. Al this government is doing is making money out of the law abiding people and the real criminals are living a life of luxury and comfort and we have to “kak en betaal”.

  • Michelle Marshall

    IDIOTS – SPENDING A FORTURE ON THIS WHEN THE TRIFFIC OFFICERS ARE CORRUPT. ONCE AGAIN THE GOOD GUYS GET PUNISHED AND THE BAD GUYS CARRY ON REGARDLESS 🙁

  • Candice Edwards

    You do know that if trucks can’t travel during peak hours this will affect delivering of products to stores. Most stores can only get delivery of goods before a work day starts as not to disturb the consumer. Not only that, I have seen how many people take chances around trucks etc. This whole thing is stupid for me. We can’t even regulate the speed limits currently, how is it going to make any difference? This is going to have such a bad ripple affect, I can’t see that it will last long. The thing SA needs to do is make affordable and actual working and safe public transport. Wasting money as usual…

  • Carina Botha

    Then she can pay all my expenses. Seems like a clever way to make up for the shortages in the road accident fund.

  • Bernie Voogt Van Eden

    i dont see the point in this. the taxis dont adhere to speed limits or reguations. the only thing to do is have traffic officials in open view of public all the time. not only occassionally but all the time. whats re-doing our test gonna help??? the ppl that had taken the test years before, obeying the rules, not having accidents might fail it as it was so long ago, but the criminals, the ones who buy there licence will get away again, continuing to kill innocent people on the road. i dont see the point in this. its fair only to some, not to us all

  • Stefan Myburgh

    so just think now you have to go for a test how long will that take just another way to make money out of us oh yes theyll make you pay to do so nothing is mahala

  • Vijay Bhagwandeen

    taxi drivers should only be given a licence if they are over 30 and non drinkers

  • PEET OLIVIER

    THE ANC GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO SHOOT THE PUBLIC IN THE FEET.THEY DO NOT HAVE THE HUMAN RECOURCE OR THE EQUIPTMENT TO INTRODUCE THAT LAW.1000’S WILL JUST BAN THE LICENCE AND DRIVE WITHOUT IT.THE GOODS AND PETROL TRANSPORT WILL COME TO A STAND.EVERY SINGLE ITEM WILL BECOME 4 TIMES THE CURRENT PRICE AND THAT INCLUDE FOOD AN CLOSE.THE PUBLIC ARE TO POOR TO PAY FOR ALL THIS.SO THE TRANSPORT SETUP IN SA WILL BRING THE ECONOMY TO IS KNEES.

  • bemused

    Watch for April fools day. The government seems to be in a joking mood. If correct this is no Joke Ministers. We really can do without all the regulation. Your policing units are just not capable to doing the job and leaving everything to cameras and trapping devices to make more money for you to spend.

  • Muissatop

    As for insurance by law an insurance disc should be displayed as well as the tax disc. Uninsured vehicles should be impounded.

  • Abdulla Sayed

    I think that they shouldn’t just lower the speed limits (if they wanted to ) they should ban all top end cars from being manufactured and sold to SA Citizens. In addition -they should allow a free speed limiters to be installed on all cars, so that it would stay within the limits….

    But I guess this will NEVER happen.. for 2 reasons I.e 1. the country will loose money generated from the high revenue of fast cars, and…..
    2. The traffic department will loose revenue from speedsters.

    So in conclusion… The officials are not truly looking out for road safety… but rather for another and easier way to generate more income at the expense of the citizens and road users.

    • Kobus Draconia

      The people do not want to follow rules, if you take the n2 from port shepstone to kokstad, just go sit there close to the speed camera and see it do its disco flashes. We went to Lake eland and as we got closer I saw that speed camera flicker like it was new years eve fireworks. Speed limit 60, clearly people are doing more than that and just flat out ignoring the rules. Then they have the audacity to hoot at you if you are going within the speed limit in the appropriate lane. *LOGIC* this country needs it…..

  • Interloper

    No mention of the safety regulations with business and construction comapnies transporting workers in the back of open trucks or bakkies…

  • Riaan

    Who will pay for the practical re-evaluation????

  • chacma

    Have evaluators been trained one wonders , there will have to be a lot as when you see how you have to que just to get your car licence renewed. My guess is people just wont bother

  • Enticement Lenie Mey

    Cost will be :license card + K53 test + evaluation test.
    Have to make 3 appointments.
    It must be done 1 month before card expired.
    How long will it take to get appointments in time before it expired – if all have to renew it?
    Can people afford it if not working or not having that much of a salary ?
    How many people gonna have false cards now?

  • Star

    I drive just fine!! Why must I now have to waste money & time redoing a practical evaluation!! Its ridiculous!! People have accidents because they are impatient & take chances, are gatvol from sitting in traffic jams, & dont look properly… redoing ones license is not going to change anything!! People need to change!!