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The South African National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act, 1998 (Act No. 7 of 1998)

Chapter 5 : Official Policies on, and Declaration, Use and Protection of, National Roads

54. Law enforcement on national roads



(1) The Agency may authorise any of its employees to take steps on a national road or any other property of the Agency, in the manner and on the conditions as prescribed, with a view to preventing any offences created by this Act, any other contraventions thereof and any offences in terms of the road traffic and the road safety laws being committed on the national road or other property.


(2) Such an authorised employee will have the powers of arrest and detention conferred on a peace officer in terms of Chapter 5 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977), with regard to any person who, on a national road or the property mentioned in subsection (1), has committed any offence referred to in that subsection in the  presence  of  the  authorised  employee  or  who  is  suspected  by  the  authorised employee, on reasonable grounds, so to have committed such an offence.


(3) Despite subsections (1) and (2), the Agency may enter into an agreement with—
(a) any municipality, in terms of which the municipality is authorised, and undertakes, to perform the law enforcement functions mentioned in subsections (1) and (2), on a national road within the municipal area, through employees of the municipality designated or appointed by it for that purpose;
(b) the Premier of any province, in terms of which the province is authorised and undertakes to perform those law enforcement functions on the national roads in the province, or any of those national roads as specified in the agreement, through employees of the province designated or appointed by the province for that purpose.