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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 II : Equipment on or in respect of vehicles

149. Brakes on motor vehicles


No person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle, other than a motor cycle, motor tricycle or trailer which is not equipped with a service brake, a parking brake and an emergency brake: Provided that—

(a) the emergency brake and parking brake may be one and the same brake; and
(b) in the case of—
(i) a motor vehicle which is equipped with a service brake consisting of two braking systems, such brake shall, when the systems brake the wheels independently, be deemed to be an emergency brake;
(ii) a steam or electrically driven motor vehicle of which the engine or motor can be reversed, the reversing mechanism may be used instead of an emergency brake; and
(iii) a tractor or haulage tractor, the brakes may be so constructed that the service brake may be used as a parking brake.


[Regulation 149 substituted by regulation 41 of Notice No. R. 846 of 2014]