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New limit for heavy motor licences

2010-11-30 22:51

Johannesburg - A person granted a heavy motor driving licence from February next year would no longer be allowed to drive a light motor vehicle, the department of transport said on Tuesday.

"Persons who obtain 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," department spokesperson Sam Monareng said in a statement.

"This only applies to new licences issued as from 1 February 2011," he said.

Monareng said that anyone renewing their driving licences would have the same authorisations that previously applied.

"A general learner's licence is also being considered to allow persons to apply for a second category of driving licence without having to undergo the entire process of acquiring another learner's licence," he said.

Holders of two categories of licences would not be required to carry two different licence cards. Instead, one licence card with the necessary authorisations would be endorsed.

These and other changes to road traffic legislation were a result of amendments made during November to the National Road Traffic Regulations and the National Road Traffic Amendment Acts of 1999 and 2008.

Amendments made included the fitting of number plates with pop rivets or screws from August this year, as well as the introduction of directional stability control devices for all mini- and midi-buses.

Provision was made for municipal police officers to occupy the dual role of being a traffic officer.

"Authorisation (has also been) granted...for drivers of medical and firefighting response vehicles and authorised persons...to exceed the speed limit and transgress road traffic signs in the execution of duties," Monareng said.

He said the pertinent acts and gazettes could be consulted for full amendment details.

Comments
  • francois.roux1 - 2010-11-30 23:22

    Great that they finally changing the learner's license rules. It's idiotic to have to go for a learner's license every time you want to get another license.

      Zion - 2010-12-01 07:36

      I agree with your sentiments but on the other hand the driving ability in SA is so rotten it can do only good if a learners license was redone.

  • Siphozoozoo - 2010-12-01 06:04

    Good, it will stop these meidjies getting easy car licences when they can't even hadle a broom

      GBES - 2010-12-01 14:43

      Why must your racist panties always stick out ? Meidjies???

  • YasButIDunno - 2010-12-01 07:02

    Why wait until next year? Why not bring it in before the annual Christmas Carnage? I guess that would necessitate the cadres actually doing something useful so no go.

  • Zion - 2010-12-01 07:18

    So "authorised persons" plus ambulance and fire fighting vehcle drivers may exceed the speed limits and signs etc. The killing fields have opened their doors. Take a look how many ambulance accidents occur in SA daily. As from February 2011 how is the newly heavy duty licensed driver to get to work or home or enjoy a Sunday trip around the countryside?

      Coop - 2010-12-01 09:22

      Umm, he (or she) should get a car licence

      alexander.lombard - 2010-12-01 09:31

      The overall problem is that most new drivers these days do "code 10" as a start as the drivers test does not require all the parking tests and is much easyer to get. Then these guys only drive cars in wich they did not qualify to drive. Then after a few years the all of a sudden need to drive a heavy vehicle with wich he only did his licence long ago. This measure will reduce the number ofheavy vehicle licences to only those who realy want to go through the trouble of getting it. My dad dit his code 14 in the army but if you give him a superlink today he will crash it.

      pr0ph4c - 2010-12-01 10:48

      There are quite a few places that basically get paid money to take on "learner truck driver". The "Student" pays the money - drives trucks (commercially) for a couple of weeks and walks out with a licence. These are currently "legal" and above board mechanisms with which to obtain a licence. This new law would negate those avenues, forcing the applicants to either pass the normal driver test or obtain a licence illegally.

  • phillip.havenga - 2010-12-01 07:34

    Just another way for them to make money and for those "authorised" individuals to disregard the road rules.

      croix - 2010-12-01 08:05

      Yes, new ways to milk SA's citizens - but will it change a single iota of the carnage on our roads? - 'fraid not! The entire state machinery should be scrapped and replaced, as it's all in disrepair.

      Don - 2010-12-01 10:15

      Spot on the revenue coffers to pay department fat cats their bonuses must be low... yet another method of fleecing the public.... I't certainly not going to solve any problem when you can still buy your licence from an offical willing to have his palm greased....

      Troopers - 2010-12-01 15:35

      You are right Philip. The next would be that if one buys two items of the same make in a store a super tax would imply as it is seen as a luxury. These boogies on top know how to "think out" new taxes!!

  • GLOWER - 2010-12-01 07:35

    Code 10 licences: doing it with s small truck and then being approved to drive a normal sedan motor vehicle should also be stopped. The driver that did it that way, is simply not equipped with the skills to drive on the roads in a decisive and confident manner. They cause more obstructions and frustrations by their indecisive, overly cautious manner, than what would otherwise be necessary. Another brilliant move will be to make taking and passing a advanced driver safety course compulsory.

      gruhnpaul - 2010-12-01 07:55

      C1 is code 10

      rustykb@24.com - 2010-12-01 09:55

      Couldn't agree with you more. I believe people go for the Code 10 licence because certain parking skills are not applied to code 10 as in Code 8, so therefore your chances of passing your Driving test are vastly increased.Just go to a shopping Mall parking area and you will soon spot who have taken this route, because they have great difficulty in parking a car in a plain old simple parking space. Makes one wonder if you get your licence for driving, or for parking.

  • jiamalunga - 2010-12-01 07:53

    How are they going to get a license now! Now they have to park the car. Eish the parralel parking is counter revolutionary...

      rustykb@24.com - 2010-12-01 09:58

      Ditto.

  • Nicolaas - 2010-12-01 08:20

    Before the department of transport can imply this money making scheme with licenses I strongly believe they must upgrade their licensing departments to cater for mass licensing. Currently we have to book 2 or 3 motnhs in advance now before we can get a license! Does this mean the driver have to apply for each code seperately now? I also would like the department not to use the term "authorised persons..." because this is an invitation of abuse of the system -again-. Contact details would be nice for the full amendment details.

  • karenr - 2010-12-01 08:23

    Well I am in a pickle now!!!!!In 1979 I applied for the new card ID and after 6 years they managed to find my file (it was under a Ladys cushion on her chair bacuase she was too short) and of the 5 licenses I had taken only 2 remained? The code 2 and code 14. I had passed my code 1, code 8 and cade 10 and now with the new laws I don't own a 16 ton Truck any longer, just a opel corsa so what now????????? Get another code 8 license??

      Coop - 2010-12-01 16:02

      I think that you should be fine; it only applies to people passing their test after 1 Feb 2011

  • martin.obrien1 - 2010-12-01 08:23

    WOW this is great news, one learners license, why would you need a learners license when you have an excising licensee?

      Maleo - 2010-12-01 12:39

      100% in agreement with you!

  • Nicolaas - 2010-12-01 08:25

    Before the department of transport can imply this money making scheme with licenses I strongly believe they must upgrade their licensing departments to cater for mass licensing. Currently we have to book 2 or 3 motnhs in advance now before we can get a license! Does this mean the driver have to apply for each code seperately now? I also would like the department not to use the term "authorised persons..." because this is an invitation of abuse of the system -again-. Contact details would be nice for the full amendment details.

  • Joy - 2010-12-01 08:44

    sounds like positive changes to me !

  • Tee Ehn - 2010-12-01 10:53

    I SEE A LOT OF VEHICLES THAT TRANSPORT MONEY TRANSGRESSING THE ROAD TRAFFIC SIGNS. ARE THEY ALSO ALLOWED TO DO SO?

  • Zebedi - 2010-12-01 11:25

    Force anyone applying for a vehicle drivers licence to do code 8 first before being allowed to apply for heavier vehicle codes. No-one should be allowed to drive a truck unless he/she can already drive a car.

  • Maleo - 2010-12-01 12:53

    The thing that grates me the most about the licensing system is the so-called transaction fee, currently R36 whether for a motorcycle or a 40 ton truck. This has meant R36 on a licence of R132 = 27% increase in licence cost, whereas the heaviest truck pays the same, amounting to something like 0,2%. Absolutely ridiculous!

  • DAB - 2010-12-01 13:34

    Sounds like another way of taking our money to feed our corrupt government

  • Aviwe Shuz Ncaza - 2013-11-28 02:11

    what if u've got a c1 drivers lincence but u own a light motor vehicle???

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