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


National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000

Chapter V : Fitness of Drivers

Part IV : Professional Driving Permit

117. Disqualification from obtaining professional driving permit


A professional driving permit shall not be issued by a driving licence testing centre—

(a) unless the applicant is in possession of a valid driving licence for a motor vehicle in respect of which the permit is applied for;
(aA) unless, in the case of an application for a category "P" and "D" professional driving permit, the applicant is of the age of 21 years and 25 years, respectively, or over;
(b) unless a registered medical practitioner or occupational health practitioner has examined the applicant to determine whether or not he or she is disqualified from driving a motor vehicle as contemplated in section 15(1)(f) of the Act, and has certified the applicant to be medically fit on form MC as shown in Schedule 2 not more than 2 months prior to the date of the application;
(c) if the applicant has, within a period of five years prior to the date of application, been convicted of or has paid an admission of guilt on—
(i) driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a drug having a narcotic effect;
(ii) driving a motor vehicle while the concentration of alcohol in his or her blood or breath exceeded a statutory limitation;
(iii) reckless driving; or
(iv) in the case of an application for a category "P" and "D" permit, an offence of which violence was an element; and

[Regulation 117(c) substituted by regulation 36(a) of Notice No. R. 1341 of 2003]

(d) during any period for which a professional driving permit or driving licence held by the applicant has been suspended or if such permit or licence has been cancelled; or
(e) unless, from a date to be determined by the Minister by notice in the Gazette, the applicant for a category "D" permit holds a certificate obtained from an approved training body as contemplated in regulation 280, not more than six months prior to the date of application.

[Regulation 117(e) substituted  by regulation 36(b) of Notice No. R. 1341 of 2003]

[Commencement date of regulation 117(e): 3 August 2001]