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Special provisions relating to freeways

 

(1) No person shall operate on a freeway--


  • a vehicle drawn by an animal; a vehicle drawn by an animal;
  • a pedal cycle;
  • a motor cycle having an engine with a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50 cubic centimetres or which is propelled by electrical power or which is a pedal cycle;
  • a motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle;
  • a vehicle with a mass not exceeding 230 kilograms and specially designed, constructed or adapted for the use of a person suffering from a physical defect or disability
  • No tractor is allowed on the freeway unless it is been used for construction work on the road

     

    GENERAL DUTIES OF MOTORISTS NO PERSON DRIVING A CAR ON A PUBLIC ROAD MAY:

     

     • Disobey road rules or signs unless told to do so by a traffic officer

    • Keep a safe following distance of 2 seconds for cars and bikes

    • 3 seconds if you drive a motor bike

    • Following distance is bigger in bad weather or when visibility is poor

    • When driving a vehicle the driver must always have complete control and full view of the road way ad traffic

    • A driver may not Cause/allow the engine to run in a way that emits smoke or fumes that would come from a good running engine

     

     

    (2) No person shall--

  • be on a freeway on foot except--
  • within an area reserved for the stopping or parking of vehicles by an appropriate road traffic sign;

    ii.> for a cause beyond his or her control; or

    iii.> in the case of any person performing service in the Citizen Force as contemplated in section 21 of the Defence Act, 1957 (Act No. 44 of 1957), between the junction of an offramp and the junction of an on-ramp on the left-hand side of the roadway, unless a prescribed road traffic sign forbids the presence of such person on such freeway or junction;

  • leave or allow an animal to be on a freeway except in or on a motor vehicle or within an area reserved for the stopping or parking of vehicles by an appropriate road traffic sign, or leave an animal in a place from where it may stray onto a freeway; stop a vehicle on a freeway except--
  • i.> in compliance with a road traffic sign or a direction given by a traffic officer;

    ii.> within an area reserved for the stopping or parking of vehicles by an appropriate road traffic sign;

    iii.> for any cause beyond his or her control; or

    iv.> in an area referred to in paragraph (a)(iii) for the purpose of allowing persons so performing service there to board or alight from such vehicle;

  • give a hand signal when driving a motor vehicle on a freeway except for a cause beyond his or her control.

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    (3) The provisions of--

  • subregulation (1)(f) shall not apply to a person who operates a tractor in connection with the construction or maintenance of a freeway;
  • subregulation (2)(a) shall not apply to--

  • i.> a traffic officer while he or she is engaged in the performance of his or her duties;

    ii.> a person while he or she is engaged in rescue or salvage work;

    iii.> a person while he or she is engaged in the construction or maintenance of a freeway or the rendering of an essential public service; or

    iv.> a person while he or she is engaged in civil protection as contemplated in an ordinance made in terms of section 3 of the Civil Protection Act, 1977 (Act No. 67 of 1977); and

  • subregulation (2)(c) shall not apply to--
  • i.> the driver of--

    aa.>   an ambulance, fire-fighting vehicle or rescue vehicle; or or rescue vehicle; or a breakdown vehicle while he or she is engaged in the salvaging of another motor vehicle;

    ii.> a traffic officer who drives a vehicle in the performance of his or her duties;

    iii.> a person who drives a vehicle while it is used in connection with the construction or maintenance of a freeway or the rendering of an essential public service; or

    iv.> a person who drives a vehicle while he or she is engaged in civil protection as contemplated in an ordinance made in terms of section 3 of the Civil Protection Act, 1977.

    (4) Where the driver of a motor vehicle which is being driven in the right-hand traffic lane or in the traffic lane furthest to the right on a freeway (hereinafter referred to as the first vehicle) becomes aware that the driver of another motor vehicle (hereinafter referred to as the second vehicle) intends to overtake the first vehicle, the driver of the first vehicle shall steer that vehicle to a lane to the left of the one in which he or she is driving, without endangering himself or herself or other traffic or property on the freeway, and shall not accelerate the speed of his or her vehicle until the second vehicle has passed.

    (5) For the purposes of subregulation (5) the driver of the second vehicle may make the driver of the first vehicle aware that he or she intends to overtake the first vehicle by giving the driver thereof a visible signal by means of flashing the headlights of his or her vehicle.


     

     
    This forms part of the amendment of the National Road Traffic Act - created in 1996 - now Amended May 2009 in 1996 - now Amended May 2009

    Projections in case of vehicle other than motor cycle, motortricyc

    (6) No Person shall operate on a public road a vehicle other than a motor cycle, motor tricycle or Pedal cycle --

    (a) Carrying any goods which project --
    (i) either side of the longitudinal centre-line of the vehicle by more than-
    (aa) in the case of a bus or goods vehicle 1.3 metershe case of a bus or goods vehicle 1.3 meters
    (bb) in the case of any otheProvided that any side mirror or direction indicator on the vehicle shall not be taken into account;
    (ii) more than 300 mm beyond the front end of the vehicle; or
    (iii) more than 1,8 meters beyond the rear end of the vehicle or

    (b) of which;
    (i) the front overhang, together with any projection, exceeds the front overhang as provided in regulation 226(1)(b) or;
    (ii) any bracket projects more than 150 mm beyond the widest part of the vehicle

    (7) No person shall operate on a public road a vehicle or combination of vehicles where the combined length of such vehicles and any projection exceeds the overall length prescribed in the above regulation.

    Projections in case of motor cycle, motortricycle or pedal cycleof motor cycle, motortricycle or pedal cycle

    No Person shall operate on a public road a motor cycle, motor tricycle or Pedal cycle if any goods carried thereon, or on any portion or side-car of such cycle, project more than 600 mm to the front of the axle centre of the front wheel or more than 900 mm to the rear of the axle centre of the rear wheel or more than 450 mm on either side of the wheels of such cycle or more than 300 mm to the outside of the wheel of any side-car: Provided that the provisions of this regulation shall not apply in respect of any side mirrors or crash bar.

     

     


    Regualtion 256

    (8)  No fold-up or jockey seat, shall be permitted in any minibus or midibus first registered on or after 4 September 2006 and operating in terms of an operating licence issued in accordance with the provisions of the NLTTA

    (9) Not more than one front seat for a passenger shall be providede for in a minibus or midibus first registered on or after 4 September 2006 and operating in terms of an operating licence issued in accordance with the provisions of the NLTTA.

     
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