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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

142. Certain classes of motor vehicles requiring roadworthy certificate


(1) A roadworthy certificate shall be required for —
(a) a goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms;
(b) a breakdown vehicle;
(c) a bus;
(d) a minibus—
(i) the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms; or
(ii) which is designed or adapted for the conveyance of 12 or more persons, including the driver; or
(e) a motor vehicle used for the conveyance of persons for reward.


(2) The provisions of subregulation (1) shall not apply to a—
(a) motor vehicle referred to in regulation 138(2)(c) or a trailer drawn by a tractor.

[Regulation 142(2)(a) substituted by regulation 40 of Notice No. R. 1341 of 2003]

(b) motor vehicle which is operated under the authority of a motor trade number, special permit or temporary permit;
(bA) a motor vehicle to which regulations 273 to 283 apply as contemplated in regulation 274: Provided that this provision shall become effective to motor vehicles with a gross vehicle mass of 3 500 kilograms and under, as from 1 December 2001.

[Regulation 142(2)(bA) inserted by regulation 2 of Notice No. R. 726 of 2001]

(c) hearse; or
(d) motor vehicle owned by the South African Police Service or South African National Defence Force and is designed for combat support and by virtue of such design, does not comply with the provisions of Parts II, III, and IV of Chapter VI.