New Driving Regulations In South Africa, 11 May 2017

The Department of Transport have proposed new driving regulations in South Africa, to become effective from the 11 May 2017.
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Published: Tuesday, February 7th 2017
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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.

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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