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National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996)

Chapter VI : Operator fitness

45. Registration of operator


a) Subject to paragraph (b), the owner of a motor vehicle of a prescribed class is the operator thereof, and shall, upon licensing thereof, be registered as such in the prescribed manner and on the prescribed conditions.
b) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a), a person who is not a manager, employee or agent of the owner of a motor vehicle referred to in that paragraph and who enters into a written agreement providing that such motor vehicle may be operated by such person for any period, shall for the purposes of section 49(c), (d), (e), (f) and (g) be deemed to be the operator thereof for that period.


2) The registering authority concerned shall, in such circumstances as the chief executive officer may determine, submit the particulars of the operator to the chief executive officer within seven days after registration of such operator.


3) The registering authority may issue a temporary operator card to the operator under the circumstances, in the manner and on the conditions prescribed.


a) The chief executive officer shall, if satisfied that an operator card should be issued to the operator, notify the registering authority concerned accordingly.
b) The registering authority referred to in paragraph (a) shall in the prescribed manner issue the operator with an operator card.


5) If the chief executive officer is not satisfied that the operator should be issued with an operator card, he or she shall notify the operator in the prescribed manner as contemplated in section 50(3)(d).


6) The Minister may by regulation exempt any operator or category of operators from any provision of this Act.