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


National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000

Chapter VIII : Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Substances by Road

280. Driver to undergo training


(1) An operator shall ensure that, after a date to be determined by the Minister by notice in the Gazette, the drivers of the vehicles of which he or she is the operator that has to obtain a professional driving permit as referred to in regulation 115(1)(f), undergo training at an approved training body to comply with regulation 117(e).


(2) Each approved training body shall submit a syllabus for the training of the drivers referred to in subregulation (1) to the Shareholders Committee for approval, and resubmit such syllabus for approval, within 90 days after relevant legislation or SABS specifications, influencing the training material, have been amended.


(3) The syllabus for the training of drivers shall contain at least—
(a) the interpretation and implementation of the instructions on a Tremcard;
(b) general duties of the driver before proceeding on a route concerning, specifically, but not limited to, the condition of the vehicle, the documents to be kept in the vehicle, instructions regarding the route to be taken, warning signs and warning devices to be displayed or stored in the vehicle, the correct type and number of fire extinguishers to be fitted to the vehicle and protective clothing to be used;
(c) general behaviour expected of the driver on the route, amongst other things, planning of stops for deliveries or checking of the tyres and vehicle, and procedure to be followed in the event of stops, periods of driving allowed, action to be taken in the event of an incident occurring;
(d) general procedure to be followed by the driver on reaching his or her destination; and
(e) general procedure to be followed when loading or offloading dangerous goods.


(4) A training body referred to in subregulation (2) shall issue drivers with a certificate for the successful completion of training for purposes of regulation 117(e).


(5) An operator shall ensure that a driver undergo theoretical and practical training at an approved training body for the specific class of dangerous goods that he or she shall be responsible for transporting.


[Regulation 280 substituted by regulation 56 of Government Notice R1341 of 2003]


[Commencement date of regulation 280: 3 August 2001]