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New speed limits for SA taxis and trucks welcomed

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The AA has welcomed changes to road traffic legislation which will require public transport and goods vehicles registered from 1 December 2016 to be fitted with speed governors.

It said the amendments to SA’s road rules – first published in 2014, but implemented from yesterday – will only allow minibus taxis to drive at a maximum speed of 100km/h.

“Governors will be required for any minibus, midibus, or bus, as well as goods vehicles with a mass exceeding 3,500kg,” said the AA.

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“The vehicles are required to be governed to the speed limits applicable to each category. In the case of minibuses, midibuses, and buses, the governed speed will be 100km/h.”

Goods vehicles over 3,500kg, but below 9,000kg, will be governed to 100km/h.

Goods vehicles over 9,000kg will be governed to a maximum speed of 80km/h.

“Buses and minibus taxis are frequently observed driving well in excess of posted legal limits, often in situations where their speed considerably exceeds that of the general traffic speed.”

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“The risk of such large speed differentials is well documented and the introduction of governors will combat this problem over the next several years as end-of-life buses and minibus taxis are phased out.”

Additional draft road and traffic regulations in the pipeline also include:

  • Drivers to be re-evaluated when renewing a licence
  • No more than five people to be carried in a bakkie load bed
  • Children not to be transported in a bakkie load bed
  • Speed limits to be reduced from 60km/h to 40km/h in urban areas, from 100 to 80km/h in rural areas and from 120 to 100km/h on freeways running through a residential area
  • Goods vehicles above 9 000kg GVM to be banned from public roads during peak travelling times.
  • Source: PPAC

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