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National Road Traffic Act, No. 93 of 1996
Long title

To provide for road traffic matters which shall apply uniformly throughout the Republic and for matters connected therewith.

Table of contents

SECTION TITLE
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
CHAPTER I. INTERPRETATION OF ACT
1. Definitions
CHAPTER II. APPLICATION OF ACT AND MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
2. Application of Act
3. Appointment of registering authorities [...Title amended by Act 1999_021_002_19990428 by way of unmarked omission and unmarked insertion - was entitled "Minimum requirements for registration as inspector of licences, examiner of vehicles, examiner for driving licences and traffic officer"]
3A. Appointment of officers [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002]
3B. Application for registration as inspector of licences, examiner of vehicles, examiner for driving licences or traffic officer [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002_19990428]
3C. Registration and grading of officers [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002_19990428]
3D. Minimum requirements for registration as inspector of licences, examiner of vehicles, examiner for driving licences and traffic officer [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002_19990428]
3E. Suspension and cancellation of registration of officer [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002_19990428]
3F. Powers and duties of inspector of licences [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002_19990428]
3G. Powers and duties of examiner of vehicles [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002_19990428]
3H. Powers and duties of examiner for driving licences [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002_19990428]
3I. Powers and duties of traffic officer [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002_19990428]
3J. Failure to comply with instruction or direction of inspector of licences, traffic officer, examiner of vehicles or peace officer [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002_19990428]
3K. Impersonating authorised officer or peace officer or inducing any such officer to forsake his or her duty [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002_19990428]
3L. Approval of training centre [...inserted by Act 1999_021_002_19990428]
CHAPTER III. REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND REGISTRATION OF MANUFACTURERS, BUILDERS, IMPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS OF NUMBER PLACES [...Title amended by Act 1998_008_002_19980331 - was entitled "REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF MOTOR VEHICLES, MANUFACTURERS, BUILDERS AND IMPORTERS"]
4. Registration and licensing of motor vehicles
5. Registration of manufacturers, builders, importers and manufacturers of number plates [...Title amended by Act 1998_008_002_19980331 - was entitled "Registration of manufacturers, builders and importers"]
6. Right of appeal to Shareholders Committee [...Title amended by Act 1998_008_002_19980331 - was entitled "Right of appeal to MEC"] [...Title amended by Act 1999_021_005_19960428]
7. Appointment of inspectorate of manufacturers, builders and importers
CHAPTER IV. FITNESS OF DRIVERS
8. Driving licence testing centre to be registered [...Title substituted by Act 1999_021_006_19990428 by way of unmarked omission and marked insertion - was entitled "Application for registration of driving licence testing centre"]
8A. Application for registration of driving licence testing centre [...inserted by Act 1999_021_006_19990428]
9. Registration and grading of driving licence testing centres [...Title amended by Act 1999_021_007_19990429 by way of unmarked unmarked insertion - was entitled "Registration and grading of driving licence testing centre"]
10. Suspension or cancellation of registration of driving licence testing centre [...Title amended by Act 1999_021_008_19990429 by way of unmarked unmarked insertion - was entitled "Suspension or cancellation of registration of driving licence testing centres"]
11. Appointment of inspectorate of driving licence testing centres [...Title substituted by Act 1999_021_009_19990429 - was entitled "Appointment of national inspectorate of driving licence testing centres"]
12. Driver of motor vehicle to be licensed
13. Licence to drive, either learner's or driving licence
14. Prescribing, classification and extent of learner's or driving licence
15. Disqualification from obtaining or holding learner's or driving licence
16. Failure to disclose disqualification in respect of licence authorising driving of motor vehicle prohibited
17. Application for and issue of learner's licence
18. Application for and issue of driving licence
19. Substitution of driving licence before certain date [...Title substituted by Act 2003_020_002_20031007 - was entitled "Substitution of driving licence issued before certain date"]
20. Special provisions in relation to driving licences which ceased to be valid in terms of road traffic ordinance
21. Directions to applicant for learner's or driving licence [...Title amended by Act 2008_064_010_20090217 - was entitled "Power of MEC in respect of examination and testing of applicant for learner's or driving licence"]
22. Holder of licence to drive motor vehicle shall give notice of change of place of residence
23. When licence not issued in terms of this Act deemed to be driving licence
24. Department of State may issue learner's or driving licence to person in its employment only
25. Suspension or cancellation by chief executive officer of licence authorising driving of motor vehicle [...Title amended by Act 1999_021_015_19990428 - was entitled "Suspension or cancellation by MEC of licence authorising driving of motor vehicle"]
26. Lapsing of endorsement on licence
27. Cancellation or amendment of endorsement on licence
28. Instructor to be registered [...Title amended by Act 1999_021_017_19990428 - was entitled "Uniform standards for instructors"]
28A. Application for registration as instructor [...inserted by Act 1999_021_000_20010926]
28B. Registration and grading of instructors [...inserted by Act 1999_021_000_20010926]
28C. Suspension and cancellation of registration of instructor [...inserted by Act 1999_021_000]
29. Voidness of licence issued contrary to Chapter [...Title amended by Act 1999_021_018_19990428 - was entitled "Voidness of learner's or driving licence issued contrary to Chapter"]
30. Use of somebody's learner's or driving licence by another prohibited
31. Unlicensed driver not to be employed or permitted to drive motor vehicle
32. Professional driver to have permit
33. Production of licence and permit to court
34. Court may issue order for suspension or cancellation of licence or permit or disqualify person from obtaining licence or permit
35. On conviction of certain offences licence and permit shall be suspended for minimum period and learner's or driving licence may not be obtained
36. Procedure subsequent to suspension or cancellation of licence or permit
CHAPTER V. FITNESS OF VEHICLES
37. Testing station to be registered
38. Application for registration of testing station
39. Registration and grading of testing station
40. Suspension or cancellation of registration of testing station
41. Appointment of inspectorate of testing stations [...Title amended by Act 1999_021_022_19990428 - was entitled "Appointment of national inspectorate of testing stations"]
42. Certificate of roadworthiness required in respect of motor vehicle [...Title amended by Act 1998_008_006_19980331 - was entitled "Roadworthy certificate required in respect of motor vehicle"] 
42A. Roadworthy certificate to be displayed on motor vehicle [...inserted by Act 1998_008_007_20080217]
43. Application for certification of roadworthiness [...Title amended by Act 1998_008_008_19980331 - was entitled "Application for roadworthy certificate"]
44. Notice to discontinue operation of motor vehicle
CHAPTER VI. OPERATOR FITNESS
45. Registration of operator
46. Issue of operator card
47. Operator card to be displayed on motor vehicle
48. Proof of certain facts
49. Duties of operator
50. Power of chief executive officer in respect of motor vehicles, drivers and activities of operators [...Title amended by Act 1999_021_025_19990428 - was entitled "Power of MEC in respect of motor vehicles, drivers and activities of operators"]
51. Act or omission of manager, agent or employee of operator
CHAPTER VIA. RIGHT OF APPEAL
51A. Right of appeal to Shareholders Committee
51B. Right of appeal to chief executive officer
CHAPTER VII. ROAD SAFETY
52. Powers and functions of chief executive officer [...Title amended  by Act 1999_021_025_19990428 - was entitled "Powers and functions of Director-General"]
53. Delegation by chief executive officer [...Title amended by Act 1999_021_025_19990428 - was entitled "Delegation by Director-General"]
CHAPTER VIII. DANGEROUS GOODS
54. Transportation of certain dangerous goods prohibited
55. Appointment of dangerous goods inspector or inspectorate

CHAPTER IX. ROAD TRAFFIC SIGNS AND GENERAL SPEED LIMIT
56. Minister may prescribe road traffic signs
57. Authority to display road traffic signs
58. Failure to obey road traffic sign prohibited
59. Speed limit
60. Certain drivers may exceed general speed limit
CHAPTER X. ACCIDENTS AND ACCIDENT REPORTS
61. Duty of driver in event of accident
62. Garage to keep record of motor vehicle involved in accident
CHAPTER XI. RECKLESS OR NEGLIGENT DRIVING, INCONSIDERATE DRIVING, DRIVING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICATING LIQUOR OR A DRUG HAVING A NARCOTIC EFFECT, AND MISCELLANEOUS OFFENCES
63. Reckless or negligent driving
64. Inconsiderate driving
65. Driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug having narcotic effect, or with excessive amount of alcohol in blood or breath
66. Unauthorised acts in relation to vehicle
67. Furnishing false information prohibited
68. Unlawful acts in relation to number plates, registration number, registration mark or certain documents [...Title amended by Act 2008_064_018(a)_20080217 - was entitled "Unlawful acts in relation to registration plates, registration number, registration mark or certain documents"]
CHAPTER XII. PRESUMPTIONS AND LEGAL PROCEDURE
69. Presumptions regarding public road, freeway and public road in urban area
70. Presumption regarding mass ascertained by means of mass-measuring bridge or other mass-measuring instrument
71. Presumption regarding gross vehicle mass of motor vehicle
72. Proof of gross vehicle mass of motor vehicle
73. Presumption that owner drove or parked vehicle
74. Presumption regarding officers
74A. Act of omission of manager, agent or employee of consignor and consignee [...inserted by Act 2008_064_019]
74B. Proof of certain facts [...inserted by Act 2008_064_019_20080217]
CHAPTER XIII. REGULATIONS
75. Power of Minister to make regulations
76. Incorporation of standards by reference
CHAPTER XIV. REGISTERS AND RECORDS
77. Registers or records to be kept
78. Copy of entry in register or record to be prima facie proof
79. Cognisance may be taken of information contained in register or record
CHAPTER XV. GENERAL PROVISIONS
80. Parking for disabled persons
80A. Power of local authority to make by-laws [...inserted by Act 1999_021_035_20010926]
81. Vehicle and load may be exempted from provisions of Act
82. Inspections for ensuring that provisions of Act are given effect to
83. Doubt regarding use or classification of vehicle
84. Variation of prescribed form
85. Issue of document as proof of driving licence in special circumstances
86. Signature upon documents
87. Service of notices
88. State bound
89. Offences and penalties
90. ... [...repealed by Act 1999_021_037_19990428 - was entitled "Apportionment of fines"]
91. Delegation by Minister and MEC
92. Fees [...Title amended by Act 2008_064_025_20090217 - was entitled "Provincial laws"]
93. Repeal of laws, and savings
93A. Transitional provisions [...inserted by Act 2008_064_027_20090217]
93B. Transitional provisions: General [...inserted by Act 2008_064_027_20090217]
94. Short title and commencement
Sch. SCHEDULE. [s93]
 
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