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Vehicles

 

When using any light or heavy motor vehicle on a public road; all lamps must be undamaged, unobscured, properly secured, and capable of being lit at all times;

The headlamps, rear lamps and number plate lamps must be kept lighted during the period;

 

-> between sunset and sunrise, and

-> at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable weather conditions, persons and vehicles upon the public road are not clearly discernible at a distance of 150 metres.

Provided that these provisions shall not apply to a motor vehicle, which is parked;

 

-> off the roadway of a public road,

 -> in a parking place demarcated by an appropriate road traffic sign, or

-> within a distance of 12 metres from a lighted street lamp illuminating the road on which such vehicle is parked.

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Parking of vehicles

(1) No person shall park a vehicle on a public road--

in contravention of any road traffic sign; on the same side as a fire hydrant within an area bounded by the centre-line of the roadway and lines at right angles to such centre-line one and a half metres on either side of the hydrant, if such hydrant is clearly visible to and recognizable as such by drivers of moving vehicles, or if it is indicated by an appropriate road traffic sign; in any place where the vehicle would not obscure any road traffic sign; in such manner as to encroach upon the sidewalk, if any; or in such manner as to obstruct any private or public vehicular entrance to such road.

(2) No person shall park a vehicle on any portion of the roadway (excluding the shoulders) of a public road outside an urban area or with any part of such vehicle within one metre of the edge of such roadway except in a parking place demarcated by an appropriate road traffic sign.

 

(3) No person shall park a vehicle on the roadway of a public road within an urban area--

  • within nine metres of the side from which he or she approaches a pedestrian crossing demarcated by appropriate road traffic signs, unless such parking is permitted by appropriate road traffic signs;
  • within five metres of any intersection unless such parking is permitted by a road traffic sign;
  • upon or over the actuating mechanism of a traffic signal;
  • (i) with the outside of any left-hand wheel thereof more than 450 millimetres within the roadway; or
  • ii. where the public road concerned is restricted to vehicles moving in one direction and the vehicle is parked on the side of the roadway, with the outside of any right hand wheel thereof more than 450 millimetres within the roadway, unless such parking is permitted by an appropriate road traffic sign; or

     

    which is less than five and a half metres wide unless the public road concerned is restricted to vehicles moving in one direction and such parking is permitted by appropriate road traffic signs.

    (4) No person shall park a motor vehicle on a traffic island or in a pedestrian mall or pedestrian lane.

    (5) Vehicles not adhering to the above may be removed or caused to be removed and impounded by a traffic officer, and unless the vehicle has been so parked in the course of a theft thereof, the owner shall bear the costs of such removal and impoundment.

     

     
    Duties relating to motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle 

    You may not operate any motorcycle, on a public road unless all lamps fitted to such motorcycles are undamaged, properly secured and capable of being lighted at all times; When riding a motorcycle on a public road, the headlamp must be lighted at all times. (During night and day).

    (1) No person shall drive a motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle on a public road unless his or her feet are resting on the front foot-rests suitable for the purpose and, where the design of such motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle makes it possible to do so, he or she is seated astride on the saddle of such motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle.

     

    (2) No person shall on a public road carry a passenger on a motor cycle unless such cycle has an engine with a cylinder capacity exceeding 50 cubic centimetres and unless such passenger is seated in a side-car or astride on a pillion attached to such cycle and, in such latter event, the feet of the passenger are resting on foot-rests suitable for that purpose.

     

    (3) Not more than two persons shall ride upon a motor cycle on a public road, excluding a person riding in a side-car attached to such motor cycle.

     

    (4) Not more than two adult persons shall be carried in a side-car attached to a motor cycle on a public road.

     

    (5) No person or animal or object shall be carried on a motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle on a public road in front of the driver thereof: Provided that an object of a non-bulky nature may be so carried if securely attached to the motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle or placed in a suitable carrier fitted thereon for that purpose and carried in such a way as not to obstruct the driver's view or prevent his or her exercising complete control over such motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle.

     

    (6) (a) Persons, other than traffic officers in the performance of their duties, driving motor cycles on a public road, shall drive in single file except in the course of overtaking another motor cycle, and two or more persons driving motor cycles shall not overtake another vehicle at the same time: Provided that where a public road is divided into traffic lanes, each such lane shall, for the purposes of this paragraph, be regarded as a public road.

    For the purposes of paragraph (a), a motor cycle shall include a motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle.

     

    (7) No person driving a motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle on a public road or seated on such motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle shall take hold of any other vehicle in motion.

     

    (8) Any person driving a motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle on a public road shall do so with at least one hand on the handlebars of such motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle.

     

    (9) Any person driving a motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle on a public road shall do so in such manner that all the wheels of such motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle are in contact with the surface of the road at all times.

     

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

    Brakes on a Motor cycle or Motor tricycle

    150: No Person shall operate on a public road a Motorcycle or motor tricycle which is not equipped with two independent braking systems, one of which shall act on the front wheel or wheels and the other on the rear wheel or wheels and each such system shall have an efficiency at least equal to that specified for an emergency brake & when the two systems are applied simultaneously, the combined efficiency shall be at least equivalent to that specified for a service brake.
          MOTOR BIKES

    Relating to side cars: No side car can be attached to any motorcycle that has an engine cylinder capacity of less than 50 cubic cm.

    A driver may not
    • Disobey road rules or signs unless told to do so by a traffic officer
    • Must have one hand on the handle bar at all times
    • Passengers must sit securely with feet on foot rests.
     
     
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