In proposed amendments to the National Road Traffic Act that were announced in a Government Gazette on 8 June 2012 the following new requirements could come into effect when obtaining your driver’s license in South Africa.
One you pass your K53 test you’ll be granted a temporary (provisional) license which will be valid for one year. You will then get a ‘real’ license if you meet the following criteria:
- The applicant must be on probation for a period not exceeding 12 months.
- You must submit a duly completed provisional driving licence logbook, signed by you and by an authorised officer.
- Hold a valid provisional driving licence that is not suspended.
- You must always display a red letter P at the back of the vehicle, and it must be clearly visible – and the colour clearly distinguishable – from a distance of 20 metre behind the vehicle.
Suspension of provisional driving licence
Your Provisional Driving Licence will be suspended for 24 months if, within 12 months of obtaining the licence, you have:
- committed six traffic offences
- been found guilty in respect of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, or a drug having a narcotic effect, or with alcohol in your blood or breath
- exceeded the prescribed speed limit
- carried more than the permitted number of passengers for which the seating capacity allows
- operated a motor vehicle between midnight and 4 am
- not complete the provisional driving licence logbook on all trips undertaken within a minimum driving time of 60 hours
iDRIVE.co.za welcomes any proposed laws that will make roads safer for all South Africans. If you prefer to get your driver’s license before these new proposed laws come into effect now is the time to find a quality driving school to help you through the process. Read more about the proposed laws at the GavinHoole.ws.