Traffic rules in South Africa

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Traffic rules South Africa. With an eye on the World Cup South Africa was in the spotlight. The roads in South Africa are among the best in Africa. Biggest concern in traffic for Europeans is that there needs to be driven on the left. Binvoorbeeld road signs as "beware of elephants" or "beware of rhinos" will be new, but others plates become quite recognizable. The article rules and tourist traffic in South Africa.

Traffic rules - Points - South Africa

Below is a translated version of the traffic rules such as those followed in South Africa and should be applied. Under the display of traffic is a summary of the most tourist and informative signs, which may be of use when visiting South Africa.
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Traffic rules

1. the driver to control the vehicle and have a clear view of the road
2. drive left, pass right. Do not cause any danger to overtake on the right. Overtake only if: you can do this safely, there is no road sign posted prohibiting this.
On a road with one-way traffic may be driven right
3. drive on a road with traffic in both directions is not over the center line, unless permitted by a traffic sign or traffic warden
4. maximum permissible speed: 60 km / h in urban areas; 100 km / h outside urban areas; 120 km / h on motorways
Exception: 80 km / h for trucks heavier than 9,000 kg: 100 km / h for buses and minibuses, equipped to carry passengers
5. pull only when it is safe to:
  • Convince yourself that you can overtake safely
  • remove vehicles right
  • Avoid danger for oncoming traffic
  • keep sufficient lateral distance
  • go back after the left lane as you have sufficient space
  • Look at overtaking / passing a bus for incoming and outgoing passengers
  • on motorways allowed to give you a light signal to the pastor, a sign that you are going to catch up
  • After Overtaking place on the road is left

6. left overtaking is permitted if it is safe and:
  • outside the village, on a road wide enough for two vehicles to drive side by side
  • as a vehicle for the right is sorted out
  • outside built-up areas on roads with two or more lanes in the same direction

Do not drive in the roadside or on the hard shoulder to overtake on the left
Do not drive over the left yellow line when overtaking
7. Draw not like:
  • the danger to other road users or goods and property
  • a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian crossing to pedestrians on the opportunity to stabbing
  • a solid lines
  • when approaching a traffic hill
  • when approaching a sharp curve
  • you can overlook the road inadequate
The above rules do not apply if:
  • the road is wide enough to get in without being on the right side
  • when driving on a road with one-way

8. behavior to be overtaken:
  • love you so much to the right
  • not accelerate when you are overtaken
  • driving on the right lane and intimates behind an emerging driver you want to get in; ride quietly into the left lane
  • you may be caught up in -between sunset and zonsopgang- swerve to the left of the lines, to give another opportunity to catch up
  • this is only if it is safe and within a radius of 150 meters. No other vehicles are visible

9. lanes
  • drives a lane
  • drive over the lines not
  • just change lanes if necessary and safe
  • specify a time signal before changing lanes bet
  • look good over the right shoulder in the blind spot before changing lanes

10. intersections
Stop for pedestrians at pedestrian crossings or traffic nuisance and not when driving and driving over crossroads
11. Turn left:
Send the bend over in Onto the linkerweghelft and adjust the speed of other traffic
12. Turn right
allow oncoming traffic to go straight through
sorting as much as possible to the right so you can get any other drivers left
only turn off when not hampered by oncoming drivers
pass a traffic hill to the left and / or follow the instructions on road signs
Take the bend over; come out on their own side of the road, unless you enter a one-way
13. transmission of signals
Make -by giving a signal by hand, turn signal or brake lights - always clear what you want to do when:
  • stop
  • sudden speed reduction
  • turn right or left
  • lane change
  • drive to the right or left side of the road
Give time a warning by means of a signal so that other road users can react to this -zonodig-
14. Passengers on trucks
The passenger is permitted to carry on the back of the loading space of a lorry, as the side plates:
  • 350 mm higher than the seats
  • 900 mm higher than the pitches
Does not apply to persons in road works, in pursuit of the business
15. Alcohol and drugs
do not drive, or do not take place in the driver's seat of a car with engine running as:
  • under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • the blood alcohol 0.05g per 100ml. or more is

16. highways
These vehicles may not drive on the highway:
  • vehicles propelled by animals
  • Cyclists
  • motorcycles with a displacement of 50 cc. or less
  • electrically powered bicycles or motorcycles
  • motor tricycles and quads
  • tractors, unless necessary maintenance
  • invalid vehicles having a weight of 230 kg. or less
It is not allowed on highways:
  • to stand still, other than on landscaped parking lots
  • transmission of signals with the hand, with the exception of an emergency
  • alight from a vehicle, except: a. to help in an accident, b. places, known as stop or parking lot

17. forbidden to stop
Or in front of excavation work, which constitutes the danger to other traffic. Furthermore, within six meters of a:
  • tunnel, overpass, bridge or narrowing of the road,
  • where this is indicated by a traffic sign
  • on the right side of the street, for traffic in both directions
  • next to or in front of another vehicle, if the road is narrower than 9 meters
  • in the vicinity of a railroad crossing
  • where a vehicle may be dangerous for other traffic
  • within nine meters of a pedestrian crossing on the own lane.
  • on a highway, except: at designated car parks, on instructions from traffic controllers, for an involuntary stop

18. obligation to stop
Always stop:
  • on the instructions of a traffic or road sign
  • at the direction of a person charged with loading or guiding animals
  • directed by crossing guards at schools, etc.
  • intervenes in a collision

19. parking
Definition: parking = stop a vehicle -with or without inzittenden- for a period longer than necessary, for unloading goods or let off passengers.
Always stop the vehicle on the parking brake to prevent it from rolling away.
20. forbidden to park
You may not park:
  • in any field where it is indicated
  • where this is indicated by traffic signs or by a traffic
  • at a pedestrian / territory, closer than one meter. in urban areas
  • within 1.5 mtr. around a fire hose
  • within 5 meters. at a crossroads in urban areas
  • at a bend at a distance of 450 mm. of a road, unless permitted by another road
  • at, in front of, or in part, by: a. a traffic hill, b. sidewalk, c. bicycle path, d. control unit for traffic lights
  • where your vehicle blocks the view of a traffic sign or marker
  • on the carriageway of a road, narrower than 5.5 m., unless it is a one way street

21. pedestrian crossing
Let pedestrians located at the pedestrian crossing or taking too stabbing over.
22. abandoned / parked vehicles
In the following cases, parking is not allowed:
  • illegal parking
  • parking in areas where it is prohibited
  • more than 7 days parking in the same place in urban areas
  • more than 24 hours of parking outside urban areas
  • where danger or inconvenience caused
  • on public roads without a valid license plate on a vehicle whose owner can not be traced
Abandoned and illegally parked vehicles may be removed by the police and taken seizures.
23. safe following distance
  • hold at least two seconds following distance to
  • increase the following distance in bad visibility and tracking a truck with tailgate
The stopping distance will increase considerably by: a high speed. B. wet surface, c. defrosters and skidding, d. heavy loading of the vehicle.
24. Reversing
Only drive in reverse if allowed and safe. Do not drive backwards longer than is strictly necessary.
25. passenger / passengers
Passengers may / should:
  • not distract the driver
  • not interfere with steering and controls
  • do not turn on or off while driving
  • do not hang outside the vehicle
  • each of which has a seat with a width of at least 380 mm

26. drive safely
Adjust the seat position down so that a good handling is possible and a good view exists on the traffic around the vehicle. Take from standstill only in traffic share, as it is safe, without impeding other traffic. Keep body parts within the body of the vehicle, except for the giving of a signal when parking, or the necessary control operations on the vehicle,
27. band profile
All tires for passenger cars and lorries have to have a profile over the entire width and circumference of the tire, and satisfy:
  • tread depth of 1 mm., or
  • above the level of the indicator
  • no visible canvas or steel
  • not in dangerous condition
The grooves and sidewalls of the tires must not have any damage:
  • greater than 25 mm.
  • more than 10% of the height of the band
  • with a depth of up to steel or canvas
  • no bulges
  • on motor vehicles may not retreaded tires are mounted

28. towing vehicles
  • in tow, the distance from the front vehicle and the second vehicle at least 3.5 meters
  • the tow must be carefully and properly secured
  • toegstane maximum speed when using a tow rope 30 km / h
  • the driver of the towed vehicle must be in possession of a valid driving license
  • for defective brakes a tow bar must be used
  • When using a tow bar must be driven harder than the maximum of 30 km / h, as long as no passengers in the second vehicle there is a clear
The towed vehicle need not be driven by a person with a valid driver's license if:
  • the steered wheels make no contact with the road
  • steering movements otherwise come into existence, with the towed vehicle

29. Police and other emergency vehicles
Immediately give priority to emergency vehicles flying optical and acoustic signals in the exercise of an urgent task
30. Running the engine
Turn off the engine if:
  • the engine smokes heavily
  • the vehicle is unattended
  • the vehicle is uncontrollable
  • to refuel
  • in the absence of the gas cap or lekkkage

31. sidewalk
Move a vehicle along the sidewalk, not even through pushing
32. pollution / contamination
Keep the road free of oil, fuel, fat, ash or any other flammable or environmental pollutant
33. contests
For organizing and / or maintaining speed or agility competitions with motor vehicles on public roads, the consent of the local authorities will be required
34. endangering other traffic
  • cause no unnecessary nuisances / unnecessarily impede the flow of other traffic
  • do not leave objects on the public road, which can cause any damage or danger to other road users

35. Using the horn
  • Use the horn only to avert danger
  • the sound of the horn should carry at least 90 meters away
  • a multi-tone horn must not vary in tone

36. unnecessary noise
Do not cause unnecessary noise to a vehicle, unless this can not occur in exceptional cases.
37. Avoid damage to traffic / roads
Be sure not to inflict any injury intentionally to roads and other road users
38. accident or collision
If you are involved in an accident, you must:
  • stop the vehicle immediately
  • see if there are casualties and assess the severity of the injury
  • If possible, offer the wounded first aid
  • assess the damage
Take the following information and / or pass it:
  • license information
  • name and address
  • name and address of the owner of the vehicle
  • license plate, registration number of the vehicle
Enter the information and facts within 24 hours by the police!
What not to do:
Useful no alcohol or drugs before you file a report of the accident, unless the funds granted on medical grounds.
If people are injured or killed: Turn right at the police!
Moving or removing vehicles:
  • Move vehicles, unless the traffic is seriously hampered
  • mark the site of the accident clearly movement of a vehicle
  • movement may be directed by an authorized person
There are no injuries, a vehicle may be moved before the police are notified. This must be done in accordance with the relevant parties.
39. warning triangle
For all motor vehicles and any caravan or trailer must -afzonderlijk- least one warning triangle are present. If a vehicle irrespective of the reason- parked on a highway, a warning triangle must be placed behind the vehicle at a minimum distance of 45 meters to the vehicle.
40. Lighting
Switch on the lights:
  • between sunset and sunrise
  • reduced visibility, less than 150 meters
  • Enter city or dipped in urban areas and in densely next heavy traffic
  • feed only high beam when there is no oncoming traffic
  • lighting should allow vehicles and pedestrians at a minimum distance of 100 meters to perceive
  • city ​​lights may not illuminate the road over a distance greater than 45 meters in front of the vehicle
  • motorcycles run while the car is light; day and night
Parking lights:
Turn the parking lights at night:
  • in urban areas, with parking outside marked parking
  • on the road, at a distance of 12 meters or more, as a streetlight
Hazard warning flashers:
Use hazard lights:
  • moving in / near hazardous conditions
  • Still in / near hazardous conditions
Flashing lights:
These lights may only be carried by priority vehicles, doctors and emergency services.
41. driving / guiding animals:
Persons accompanying a herd of animals, carrying a red flag or red light 150 meters in front of and behind the herd
42. The transport of goods
Goods must safely and in a vehicle, or be securely transported put.
Goods may:
  • the driver did not impede in any way or interfere
  • during transport do not come into contact with the road surface
Maximum dimensions:
loading is permitted up to half the height of the laden vehicle, where the goods are transported on the roof. Exception: transport of bicycles on the roof of a vehicle.
Maximum load / dimensions including the vehicle:
  • vehicles of less than 12 000 kg .: 2.5 meters wide
  • vehicles over 12 000 kg .: 2,6 meters wide
  • front load: up to 3.0 meters, measured from the front of the vehicle
  • Reverse charge: not more than 1.8 meter, measured from the rear of the vehicle
  • height: Up to 3.4 meters including the load

43. seatbelts
  • if any, is to wear the seat belts compulsory for all passengers
  • been there before in the car no seat belts, they should children under 14 years old, rear seat in the car
  • if the seat belts are removed, participation is not permitted to circulate on public roads
  • in seats, provided with a seat belt, it is necessary to take the first place
  • when parking or reversing may be disconnected seat belts

44. communication
  • it is forbidden to hold a communication, or to use while driving
  • use is permitted only if it comminicatiemiddel is not held in the hand or mounted on or in the body

45. license
While participating in traffic, the necessary driving license must be submitted.
46. ​​improper use of a motor vehicle
  • drive or use a motor vehicle not in any way without the express permission of the legal owner of the vehicle.
  • modify or change the chassis or engine number, without written permission of the competent authority
It is an offense if / when:
  • reckless driving
  • negligent conduct at issue
  • inconsideration can be blamed

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