Some huge changes in traffic legislation are on the cards and if the new rules and regulations are passed it will mean that you will have to undergo a practical test when renewing your driver’s licence. Yes when you RENEW your licence ie. not just the first time you pass the driver’s test, but when it expires and you have to renew it every 5 years.
That’s just one of the new proposed changes to the legislation that the department of transport hope to implement by the end of 2015. The other significant one being the lowering of speed limits by 20km/h. So for example the 60km/h speed limit in urban areas will drop to 40km/h.
The other major changes to the legislation are:
- children won’t be allowed to be transported in a bakkie load bed
- no more than 5 people will be allowed in a bakkie load bed
- goods vehicles with a gross mass over 9000 kgs won’t be allowed on public roads during peak times
Here’s the bit about the practical test though when renewing your licence.
I’ve said for ages that they should be doing this because quite frankly just because you passed a driver’s test 30 years ago doesn’t make you a good driver today. It’s likely gonna cause major delays and admin issues at traffic departments but so what. If it means kak drivers won’t get a licence then so be it.
Same with no children in the back of a bakkie. Bout damn time they made that a law.
Not sure about the 20km/h drop in the speed limit though. Essentially the 60km/h limitwill become a 40km/h limit, the 100km/h limit will drop to 80km/h in rural areas and the 120km/h limit will go down to 100km/h on freeways running through a residential area.
The draft regulations will be discussed in parliament and include public input, but the department of transport is hoping that they will be passed and ake effect before the end of the year.
[for more info on the new legislation check Wheels24]