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New South African Driving License Laws Coming

June 28th, 2012  |  Published in driving licenses  |  8 Comments

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.

Provisional License

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.


  1. Jason Adriaan says:

    June 28th, 2012 at 8:32 pm (#)

    “operated a motor vehicle between midnight and 4 am” – lol. Draconian much?

  2. Herbert Mawodyo says:

    June 29th, 2012 at 7:23 am (#)

    Sounds Practical

  3. meghan williams says:

    October 18th, 2012 at 9:54 am (#)

    What does driving between midnight and 4am have to do with anything? What about in an emergancy situation or if you are doing a long road trip with your family or SOMETHING????

    Personally, i think this is a load of bull.

    If this law is going to be put in place then (to be fair) all drivers who have been driving for less than 10 years should undergo this “provisional licence”.

    I also think that this should be a probational licence and should come as part of your learners which could be issued after a certain amount of driving lessons.

  4. eva blazin says:

    December 14th, 2012 at 3:53 pm (#)

    Not driving after midnight? This is a load of bull & violating our rights 2 freedom. Who is coming up with all this crap please man I honestly don’t have any faith in this government….

  5. Thys Louwrens says:

    January 27th, 2013 at 11:58 pm (#)

    I agree with Meghan williams, to me it sounds like another way of making money for Gov.
    Must say I also agree wit eva blazin to an extend.
    Sorry but I to believe it is a load of Bull.

  6. Bob says:

    March 1st, 2013 at 2:52 pm (#)

    I totally agree with you people! It is bull and there is no freedom! And it is a money making thing!

  7. ghunoz says:

    June 22nd, 2014 at 12:34 am (#)

    Government stop introducing ways to get money from us while you fail to arrange a decent salary when employees are looking for a better wage.That must come to an end to keep on introducing money to be spend projects while you also fail decimaly to repair our roads.Nonsense-bills should be stopped.

  8. Christian says:

    November 27th, 2014 at 10:31 am (#)

    My drivers license has been suspended and I have served my suspension period .What must I do to get my license back?

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