South Africa’s Transport department says the first phase of its new SA transport rules and speed limit which was launched at the rush hour of 2015 will be officially become effective in May, 2017.
Government amended and published two draft regulations which were meant to reduce road accidents. This include proposal to revamp the learner’s license test, lower speed limits, the ban on transporting children in a bakkie’s load bay and restricting the use of heavy vehicles on public roads.
Speaking to news reporters on the matter, the Transport Minister spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said the department would by May, be implementing its first rule which prohibit bakkie drivers from both transporting children in the back of their vehicles, as well as stop them from carrying more than five passengers in the vehicle’s load bay.
Added to this, the department will implement stricter speed regulations on heavy goods vehicles, limiting how fast the vehicles are permitted to travel based on their weight. These vehicles will also have to display a sticker with a ‘100’ limit.
Other important transport regulations would be open for public comment within the coming months, with the idea that the rules would be implemented officially within the next year.
These new regulations include:
- Drivers will have to undergo a practical re-evaluation when renewing a license.
- A complete review and revamp of the current K53 test.
- Speed limits to be reduced from 60km/h to 40km/h in urban areas, from 100 to 80km/h in rural areas and from 120 to 100km/h on freeways running through a residential area
- Goods vehicles above 9,000kg GVM to be banned from public roads during peak travelling times.
This intention is in response to the increase in the number of road carnage that involves goods vehicles on the South African roads, Minister of transport, Dipuo Peters.
How The New SA Transport Rules Affect The Freight Industry and SA economy
The new SA transport rules have been argued to be detrimental to the nation’s unstable economy following its drastic effect on freight industry.
The SA Road and Freight Associations (RFA) said at the time the law was first launched, that the proposed regulations underline the misconception that freight vehicles are primary cause for incidents on the road.
“Why has the minister decided to restrict freight movement between the proposed times and on the proposed days? It is important that the minister provides the detail or information that supports such a proposal – and we await such.
“Has the minister researched the effect on traffic flow and the increase in safety over these hours? [this surely is the foundation for her proposal].” RFA technical and operations manager, Gavin Kelly asked as he calls on Peters to take a recalculated consideration of what negative impact the new SA transport rules will have on our frail economy.