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


National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000

Chapter VII : Operator Fitness

265. Classes of motor vehicles in respect of which operator to be registered


(1) An operator shall be registered in respect of a—
(a) goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms;
(b) breakdown vehicle;
(c) motor vehicle to which regulations 273 to 283 apply as contemplated in regulation 274;
(d) bus;
(e) midibus;
(f) mini-bus—
(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; and
(g) motor vehicle used for the conveyance of persons for reward,

registered in the Republic

[Regulation 265(1) substituted by regulation 41 of Notice No. R. 404 of 2007]


(2) The provisions of subregulation (1) shall not apply to a motor vehicle referred to in subregulation (1) that is—
(a) owned by the Department of Defence;
(b) operated on a public road under the authority of a temporary or special permit, motor trade number, motor dealer's licence or a motor transport licence, as the case may be;
(c) not operated on a public road, and for the purpose of this paragraph the words "operated on a public road" shall not be construed to include the presence of such motor vehicle on a public road for the purpose of—
(i) being driven to the premises of the owner in order to take delivery thereof;
(ii) crossing a public road from one premises of the owner to another, over a distance of not more than one kilometre;
(iii) proceeding to or from a place where repairs are to be or have been effected to such motor vehicle;
(d) a trailer drawn by a tractor;
(e) a motor vehicle referred to in regulation 21(1) or 21(5).

[Regulation 265(2)(e) substituted  by regulation 51(b) of Notice No. 2116 of 2001 with effect from 1 January 2002]