The National Road Traffic Regulations have been amended. The amendment is in Government Gazette 33796, Notice number 1113 published on 25 November 2010. It is called the affecting test stations are listed below:-
Roadworthy certificates for vehicles that change ownership has been changed from 6 months to 21 days. (Regulation 138 3 (c) reads that “a motor vehicle other than a motor vehicle referred to in regulation 142 (1) of which the owner has changed within six months after the date of liability for the first licensing of such motor vehicle” has been changed to … within 21 days…
Regulation 141 (b) sub reg 4 dealing with re-tests, amended to make provision for only ONE retest
New motor vehicles registered after 1 August 2010 must have number plates that are fitted with pop rivets or screws. If it cannot be fitted to the vehicle it must be fitted to a bracket that complies with SANS 973.
As of 1 February 2011 persons who obtain driving licences for 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 (in old terms – a person with a code 10, 11, 13 or 14 licence cannot drive a vehicle for which you need a code 08 licence). This will only apply to new licence holders.
Foreign licences are accepted if the person got the licence while he was not in SA for a period longer than 3 months. Foreign licences are valid in SA until it expires in the country of issue but not for longer than 5 years after the person got permanent residence in SA
Directional Stability Control Devices for mini and midibuses are introduced through a certification process that forms part of the roadworthy test. It applies to all mini and midibuses and not only newly manufactured vehicles. Huh !!!!!
Left-hand drive steered vehicles: Legality is clarified – the owner of such a vehicle may, if the vehicle was licensed in his name before 23 July 2004, sell the vehicle and the new owner my licence it.
An amendment to regulation 332 was published and lists the evidential breath testers that may be used to collect evidential breath samples and the certificate issued by the manufacturer or supplier may be used as evidence in cases by the mere production thereof.
Management representatives of testing stations are limited to testing 150 motor vehicles per month.
Many of these amendments have great implications for test stations as well as motor dealers. We will be sending out a circular to dealers to explain these amendments.