The National Road Traffic Regulations have been amended. The amendment is in Government Gazette 33796,
Notice number 1113 published on 25 November 2010. It is called the Seventeenth Amendment and
came into force on publication.
A few of the amendments are listed for your information:
Ø New motor vehicles registered after 1 August 2010 must have number plates that are fitted with pop r
ivets or screws. If it cannot be fitted to the vehicle it must be fitted to a bracket that complies with SANS 973.
Ø As of 1 February 2011 persons who obtain driving licences for a code C, C1, EC or EC1 driving licence
will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle that requires a code B or code EB licence (in old terms – a
person with a code 10, 11, 13 or 14 licence cannot drive a vehicle for which you need a code 08 licence).
This will only apply to new licence holders.
Ø Foreign licences are accepted if the person got the licence while he was not in SA for a period longer
than 3 months. Foreign licences are valid in SA until it expires in the country of issue but not for longer
than 5 years after the person got permanent residence in SA
Ø Directional Stability Control Devices for mini and midibuses are introduced through a certification
process that forms part of the roadworthy test. It applies to all mini and midibuses and not only newly
Ø Left-hand drive steered vehicles: Legality is clarified – the owner of such a vehicle may, if the
vehicle was licensed in his name before 23 July 2004, sell the vehicle and the new owner my licence it.
Ø An amendment to regulation 332 was published and lists the evidential breath testers that may be
used to collect evidential breath samples and the certificate issued by the manufacturer or supplier may
be used as evidence in cases by the mere production thereof.
Ø Management representatives of testing stations are limited to testing 150 motor vehicles per month.
Ø A roadworthiness test is now only valid for 21 days instead of the 6 months it used to be before.
Ø The rule on disabled parking has been extended: a person driving a disabled person may also park
in such parking.