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


K53 Practical Driving Test for Motor Vehicle Drivers, Volume 2 - Heavy Motor Vehicles : Codes CI, C, ECI and EC

2. Test requirements


2.1 Material


The following shall be required in order to conduct this test:

a roadworthy heavy motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles with a seat next to the driver, supplied by the applicant. (No load is required)
a test report, (in triplicate and numbered in book form);
a pen
a clipboard, and
a stopwatch.


2.2 Requirements for the yard test


This section of the test shall be administered in an area that is closed to other traffic and persons. The technical data for the manoeuvres is as prescribed (See page 83)


No vehicle shall be marked either on the inside or outside in such a manner to aid a learner driver during the practical test.


The test shall commence with the pre-trip inspections.


All of the following manoeuvres shall be done, however, can be done in any sequence.

(a) Alley docking, (to the right)
(b) Reverse and in straight line,
(c) Left turn, and
(d) Incline start.


The technical data for the manoeuvres is as prescribed. (See page 83)


2.3 Requirements for road test


The road test can only commence on the successful completion of the yard test. Every driving licence testing centre shall have at least two pre-established routes. The test shall be conducted on anyone of these routes.


The following features shall be included in every test route:

(a) A road, with more than one lane in the same direction, containing at least two controlled intersections and clearly demarcated road markings where a lane change shall be done.
(b) At least one intersection controlled by four-way stop signs.
(c) At least four intersections controlled by stop signs or traffic lights.
(d) At least two intersections controlled by yield sign(s)—
(i) where the applicant shall yield right of way at one of the intersections; and
(ii) where the applicant has right of way at one of the intersections.
(e) None of the intersections forming part of a test route shall be crossed more than twice from the same direction.
(f) At least 65% of the test route shall consist of public roads in an urban area.
(g) A right turn shall be made at least at two of the intersections mentioned in (c).
(h) Crossing of two-way traffic shall be made at least at two intersections.
(i) Flashing green arrow indicators for turning vehicles shall not form part of the crossings mentioned in (g) and (h).