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The categories of driving licences are indicated by the codes mentioned in the first column of the table below, each of which pertains to the classes of motor vehicles mentioned against it in the second column of the table, and authorises the holder of such code to drive the motor vehicles mentioned against it in the said second column and third column of the table:

 

CODE

CLASS OF MOTOR VEHICLE

AUTHORISATION

A1

A motor cycle without side-car which has an engine with a cylinder capacity not exceeding 125 cubic centimetres, or which is propelled by electrical power, but does not include--

(i) any vehicle propelled by electrical power derived from storage batteries and which is pedestrian controlled; or

(ii) any vehicle with a tare not exceeding 230 kilograms and specially designed and constructed, and not merely adapted, for the use of any person suffering from some physical defect or disability or a person of old age and used solely by such person.

Includes authorisation to drive--

(i) (aa) a motor cycle with a side-car;

(bb) a motor tricycle;

(cc) a motor quadrucycle,

which has an engine with a cylinder capacity not exceeding 125 cubic centimetres; and

(ii) a vehicle having pedals and an engine or an electric motor as an integral part thereof or attached thereto and which is designed or adapted to be propelled by means of such pedals, engine or motor, or both such pedals and engine or motor.

A

A motor cycle without a side-car which has an engine with a cylinder capacity exceeding 125 cubic centimetres.

Includes authorisation to drive--

(i) a motor cycle with a side-car;

(ii) a motor tricycle;

(iii) a motor quadrucycle; and

(iv) any other motor vehicle for which a code A1 driving licence is required.

B

A motor vehicle, excluding a motor cycle, motor tricycle, motor quadrucycle, tractor and a motor vehicle which is a type of mobile agricultural or industrial equipment or machinery not designed principally for the conveyance of persons or goods, being--

(i) a motor vehicle the tare of which does not exceed 3 500 kilograms; or

(ii) a mini-bus, a bus or a goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which does not exceed 3 500 kilograms,

with or without a trailer, the gross vehicle mass of which does not exceed 750 kilograms, but does not include an articulated motor vehicle.

Includes authorisation to drive--

(i) a tractor; and

(ii) a motor vehicle which is a type of mobile agricultural or industrial equipment or machinery not designed principally for the conveyance of persons or goods,

with or without a trailer.

C1

A motor vehicle, excluding a motor cycle, motor tricycle, motor quadrucycle, tractor and a motor vehicle which is a type of mobile agricultural or industrial equipment or machinery not designed principally for the conveyance of persons or goods, being--

(i) a motor vehicle, the tare of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms but does not exceed 16 000 kilograms; or

(ii) a mini-bus, a bus or a goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms but does not exceed 16 000 kilograms,

with or without a trailer, the gross vehicle mass of which does not exceed 750 kilograms, but does not include an articulated motor vehicle.

Includes authorisation to drive any motor vehicle for which a code B driving licence is required.

C

A motor vehicle, excluding a motor cycle, motor tricycle, motor quadrucycle, tractor and a motor vehicle which is a type of mobile agricultural or industrial equipment or machinery not designed principally for the conveyance of persons or goods, being a bus or a goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 16 000 kilograms, with or without a trailer the gross vehicle mass of which does not exceed 750 kilograms, but does not include an articulated motor vehicle.

Includes authorisation to drive any motor vehicle for which a code B or C1 driving licence is required.

EB

A motor vehicle, excluding a motor cycle, motor tricycle, motor quadrucycle, tractor and a motor vehicle which is a type of mobile agricultural or industrial equipment or machinery not designed principally for the conveyance of persons or goods, being--

(i) an articulated motor vehicle, of which the gross combination mass of the truck-tractor does not exceed 3 500 kilograms;

(ii) a combination of--

(aa) a motor vehicle the tare of which does not exceed 3 500 kg; or

(bb) a mini-bus, bus or goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which does not exceed 3 500 kilograms,

with a trailer the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 750 kilograms.

Includes authorisation to drive any motor vehicle for which a code B driving licence is required.

EC1

A motor vehicle, excluding a motor cycle, motor tricycle, motor quadrucycle, tractor and a motor vehicle which is a type of mobile agricultural or industrial equipment or machinery not designed principally for the conveyance of persons or goods, being--

(i) an articulated motor vehicle, of which the gross combination mass of the truck-tractor exceeds 3 500 kilograms but does not exceed 16 000 kilograms;

(ii) a combination of--

(aa) a motor vehicle the tare of which exceeds 3 500 kg but does not exceed 16 000 kg; or

(bb) a mini-bus, bus or goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms but does not exceed 16 000 kilograms,

with a trailer the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 750 kilograms.

Includes authorisation to drive any motor vehicle for which a code B, C1 or EB driving licence is required.

EC

A motor vehicle, excluding a motor cycle, motor tricycle, motor quadrucycle, tractor and a motor vehicle which is a type of mobile agricultural or industrial equipment or machinery not designed principally for the conveyance of persons or goods, being--

(i) an articulated motor vehicle of which the gross combination mass of the truck-tractor exceeds 16 000 kilograms;

(ii) a combination of a bus or goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 16 000 kilograms,

with a trailer the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 750 kilograms.

Includes authorisation to drive any motor vehicle for which a code B, C1, C, EB or EC1 driving licence is required




Period of validity of learner's and driving licences

(1) The period of validity of a learner's licence issued or deemed to be issued shall be 18 months from the date of examination and test.

(2) (a) The period of validity of a driving licence issued or deemed to be issued in terms of section 18 of the Act shall be indefinite, unless such licence has been suspended or cancelled in terms of the Act.

  • (i) The holder of a driving licence that was issued before 1 March 1998, who wishes to substitute such licence as contemplated in section 19 of the Act, shall apply for such substitution before or within the period determined by the chief executive officer by notice in the Gazette.
  • (ii) Different periods may be determined under subparagraph (i) in respect of licence holders whose surnames start with different letters of the alphabet, or whose dates of birth fall in different months.

     
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