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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 III: Dimensions of vehicles

226. Overhang of vehicle


(1) No person shall operate on a public road—
(a) a semi-trailer, the front overhang of which exceeds one comma eight metres; or
(b) a vehicle, other than a semi-trailer or a trailer with one axle or one axle unit, the front overhang of which exceeds—
(i) 60 percent of the wheelbase;
(ii) six comma two metres in the case of a vehicle having the front surface of the back rest of the driving seat at seat level not more than one comma seven metres from the front end of the vehicle when such seat, if adjustable, is in the rearmost position, less half the wheelbase: Provided that the wheelbase of a bus-train shall be the distance measured from the centre of the front axle to the centre of the


(2) No person shall operate on a public road—
(a) a vehicle designed or adapted for use in connection with street cleaning or the disposal of refuse or sewage, or any vehicle referred to in regulations 220, 230 or 249, or any bus, or motor home, the rear overhang of which exceeds 70 percent of its wheel base;

[Regulation 226(2)(a) substituted  by regulation 36 of Notice No. R. 404 of 2007]

(b) a trailer, other than a semi-trailer, which is equipped with—
(i) one axle;
(ii) one axle unit; or
(iii) two axles, the distance between the centre-lines of which is less than one comma two metres,

if the rear overhang exceeds 50 percent of the length of the body of such trailer; or

(c) any vehicle, not referred to in paragraph (a) or (b), the rear overhang of which exceeds 60 percent of its wheelbase.