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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

6. The modules

Module 1: Pre-trip inspection - around the motorcycle


1. Check under the motorcycle on approach for obvious leaks, obstructions, etc.
2. Inspect motorcycle for possible damage, preferably from top to bottom, from left to right, while moving in an anti-clockwise direction.
3. Check front wheel for tread depth, wear and damage, sidewall damage, inflation, valve cap, spokes, wheel hub, oil and grease leakage.
4. Check front brake disc/s for wear, if possible.
5. Check front shock absorbers/forks for damage, security and oil leakage.
6. Check front mudguard for damage and security.
7. Check front light/s, lenses and reflectors for damage, cleanliness and security.
8. Check left front indicator for damage, cleanliness and security.
9. Check windscreen/fairing for damage, cleanliness and security, if applicable.
10. Check controls, cables, mirror and clutch fluid level (if applicable) on the left side of the handlebar for damage, cleanliness, security and operation.
11. Check fuel tap/halve for damage, security, leaks and operation.
12. Check gear lever and left front footpeg for damage and security.
13. Check left side-cover for damage and security.
14. Mention that the battery should be checked for damage, security and fluid level.
15. Check left rear footpeg, chainguard, chain (tension and lubrication) exhaust and shock-absorber (if applicable) for damage and security.
16. Check left rear indicator for damage, cleanliness and security.
17. Check rear light, registration plate light, lens and reflector for damage, cleanliness and security.
18. Check rear registration plate for damage, cleanliness, security and legality.
19. Check rear wheel as described in item 3.
20. Check right rear indicator for damage, cleanliness and security.
21. Check rear brake disc and brake assembly for wear and security where possible.
22. Check right rear shock absorber and exhaust (if applicable) for damage, security and oil leaks.
23. Check right rear foot peg and side cover for security.
24. Check seat for damage, cleanliness and security.
25. Check right front foot peg for damage and security.
26. Check foot brake for free play, damage and security and brake fluid level, if applicable.
27. Check fuel tank and filler cap for security and leakage.
28. Mention that coolant and engine oil levels should be checked, if applicable.
29. Check radiator for damage and security, if applicable.
30. Check right hand control, mirror, cables and brake fluid level (if applicable) as described in item 10.
31. Check right front indicator for damage, cleanliness and security.
32. Check Certificate of Clearance disc for validity, cleanliness and security.



Note A:


On approach to the motorcycle the examiner shall request the applicant to conduct a pre-trip inspection prior to mounting the motorcycle.


Note B:


In the event of there being minor defects, the applicant may be allowed the opportunity to rectify them, however, a time limit of 5 minutes will be allowed.


Note C:


The applicant shall not be penalised for the following:

- should he/she fail to execute the pre-trip inspection in a anti-clock wise direction,
- when he/she checks one wheel and later only refers to the other wheel,
- when he/she fails to check both sidewalls of a tyre for damage, and
- when checking those parts of the motorcycle which he/she has to check it is not expected of him/er to make mention of all the properties of that particular part.


For example when the wheels are checked it is not expected of the applicant to mention that he/she checks the tyre tread for wear and for damage to the sidewall, tyre pressure and the valve-cap etc.


When it is clear to the examiner that the applicant has paid attention to the specific parts (whether mentioned or not) he/she shall be credited.


Note C applies only to Module 1.