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


National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000

Chapter VI : Fitness of Vehicles

Part I : Testing stations, roadworthy certificates and certification of roadworthiness

135. Grades of testing stations


(1) The MEC shall grade a testing station as a grade A or B, as the case may be, if such testing station complies with the appropriate grading requirements when it is evaluated, according to "The minimum requirements for testing stations" as shown in Schedule 4.



(a) A grade A testing station is authorised to examine and test a motor vehicle of any class in terms of regulation 140 for roadworthiness; and
(b) A grade B testing station is authorised to examine and test a motor vehicle of any class, excluding—
(i) a bus, minibus or goods vehicle the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms; or
(ii) any other motor vehicle the tare of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms.


(3) The MEC may restrict a testing station registered and graded before the date of implementation of this amendment to examine and test only—
(a) vehicles owned and operated by certain persons;
(b) vehicles of certain makes;
(c) vehicles of certain models;
(d) vehicles of certain classes;
(e) vehicles with certain dimensions; or
(f) vehicles as may be determined by the MEC concerned.


(4) The MEC may amend the grading of a testing station registered before the implementation of this regulation, if such testing station does not fully comply with the requirements in Schedule 4 and shall do so in terms of the provisions of such schedule.


[Regulation 135 substituted by regulation 11 of Notice No. R. 589 of 2009]

[Commencement date of regulation 135: To be determined by the Minister by notice in the Gazette]