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  • New traffic regulations will mean you have to take a practical test when RENEWING your driving licence
    Posted by on May 14th, 2015

    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]

    May 05, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Agree with it mostly, but they’ll have to introduce some sort of caveat system, surely. (i.e. testing if you renew 10 years or more after your licence was first issues). The licensing dept can barely handle the new learner and driver applications and testing with waiting lists of 6months or more at some stations. How do they propose to practically implement this testing? Will we have to make appointments to renew and test?

    As for the speed limits, that’s a joke. They can’t effectvely police (sever) speedsters at the moment, so dropping the speed limit won’t do squat to help with that so they might as well roast that old chestnut and be done with it.

    May 05, 2015 at 10:52 am

    *severe.

    Obviously.

    kgothatso says:
    May 05, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Instead of scrapping e tolls, figniting crime , unemployment corruption with your self in government
    You are coming up with nonsense, do practical test again, that’s totally disgusting, bullshit
    It’s seems after 5 years, you government, you will be telling us to go and re-write our matric and degree’s, if the minister lefapha lego la go tlhola, rather go to farming

    MEMBERS Of PARLIAMENT, tsogang, le batla go bona the third world war

    Please honourable president, don’t approver such thing

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