Speed Limit in Ballito to be reduced to 40km/h
Reduced speed limits, heavy vehicles to be banned during rush hour… in 2015, Wheels24 reported on new draft road and traffic regulations for South Africa released by the Department of Transport.
Draft regulations, intended to reduce road carnage, include lower speed limits, the banning of transporting children in a bakkie’s load bay and restricting the use of heavy vehicles on public roads.
Finally! New laws on the way
In 2016, as with most laws pushed by Government it takes time to implement, however two amendments have been published including a proposal to revamp the learner’s licence test. Another change to traffic rules will be the implementation of new licence plates.
The draft regulations, published in the 2015 Government Gazette, propose these 5 changes to legislation:
1 Drivers to be re-evaluated when renewing a licence;
2 No more than five people to be carried in a bakkie load bed;
3 Children not to be transported in a bakkie load bed;
4 Speed limits to be reduced from 60 to 40km/h in urban areas, from 100 to 80km/h in rural areas and from 120 to 100km/h on freeways running through a residential area;
5 Goods vehicles above 9000kg GVM to be banned from public roads during peak travelling times.
New amendments made
In November 2016, Government has published two amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations in its National Gazette (No. 40420).
These amendments pertain to laws regulating transport of school children within the load bay of a bakkie as well as speed regulations for heavy goods vehicles.
In addition, the Department also announced that it would re-evaluate the current K53 learner’s test.
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