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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 V : Provisions relating to passenger carrying vehicles

263. Standing persons


(1) No person shall operate on a public road a bus in which a person is standing—
(a) on any upper deck, steps, stairs or open platform;
(b) in the cross passageway referred to in regulation 255; or
(c) in any area of a bus first registered after 04 September 2006 with a ceiling height of less than one comma seven five metres except when entering or leaving such bus;

[Regulation 263(1)(c) replaced by regulation 19(a) of Notice No. R. 891 of 2006]


(2) The maximum number of standing persons which may be carried in a bus shall be calculated in accordance with the formula—

in which formula –


A – B



(a) "A" represents the total clear floor space in square metres of the bus;
(b) "B" represents the total clear floor space in square metres of the areas referred to in subregulation (1); and
(c) "C" represents the figure zero comma one-two-five being the clear floor space in square metres which shall be available for each standing person.

Provided that in the case of a rapid transport bus or rapid transport bus-train this figure shall be zero comma one six.

[Proviso to regulation 263(2)(c) inserted by regulation 21 of Notice No. R. 359 of 2010]


(3) A bus carrying standing persons shall be equipped with sufficient hand straps, handrails or grab handles for all standing persons.


(4) No person shall on a public road operate a minibus or midibus operated in terms of an operating licence issued in accordance with the NLTTA (Act No. 22 of 2000 ) in which a person is permitted to stand.

[Regulation 263(4) substituted by regulation 17(b) of Notice No. R. 871 of 2005]