Topic Category: Road Traffic Act


Roadworthiness It is a crime to operate a motor vehicle on a public road if it is not in a roadworthy condition – that is, if it does not comply with the provisions of the Act, and is not in a fit condition. (Given the next clause, this seems to indicate that it is an offence …

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General The National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 is designed to cater for all road traffic matters: registration and licencing of vehicles and manufacturers; driver fitness and licensing; vehicle road worthiness; road safety; dangerous cargo; reckless and intoxicated driving; and more. As to be expected, there are a lot of criminal provisions in the Act. The Act also …

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Authorized officers

Authorized officers It is a crime to pretend to be, or to act in any way that is likely to give the impression that you are an authorized officer. You commit a crime if you conspire with, or try to induce an authorized officer not to carry out his duty, or to act contrary to …

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Speeding The way the speed limit works is this. There is a general speed limit, which means that the Minister has prescribed a speed limit for: every freeway – this is 120 kilometers per hour; every public road (or a section thereof) in an urban area and which is not a freeway – this is 60 …

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Driving under the influence

Driving under the influence The connection between alcohol and road accidents is well documented and needs no proof. Regrettably, we have the mechanisms to reduce the carnage caused by overconsumption, but not their enforcement. It is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle on a public road while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or …

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Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving It is a crime to drive a vehicle recklessly or negligently on a public road.


Accidents If you are the driver involved in an accident, or contributor to an accident, in which: any person is killer or injured; or there is damage to property, including a vehicle or animal, there are certain things you must do. They are the following, and you commit a crime by no doing them: immediately …

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