National Road Traffic Amendment Bill

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Submissions are now closed (since 20 January 2021)


The Portfolio Committee on Transport invites you to submit written comments on the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill [B 7 – 2020].


Comments can be emailed to Ms Valerie Carelse at by no later than Wednesday, 20 January 2021. This is a second call for submission on this bill (the previous ran from 26 October to 20 November). The Committee noted that over 6 900 submissions had been received but this was a small number relative to the driving population who would be affected by the Bill.  The Committee agreed that the Bill should be more widely advertised, including on radio.

In addition to the written comments, please indicate your interest in making a verbal presentation to the Committee.

The Bill seeks, among other things (as well as matters connected thereto), to:
▪ amend the National Road Traffic Act, 1996, so as to insert new and amend other definitions
▪ provide for the suspension and cancellation of the registration of an examiner for driving licenses or an examiner of vehicles, if such person has been convicted of an offence listed in Schedule 1 or 2 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977), or has a direct or indirect conflict of interest
▪ provide for the registration and grading of training centres
▪ further provide for the registration of parties listed hereafter as well as the appointment of inspectorates of manufacturers, builders, bodybuilders, importers and manufacturers of number plates; to, along with registration and an inspectorate of the following parties, also extend the right to appeal to manufacturers of blank number plates as well as reflective sheeting for number plates, suppliers of blank number plates, suppliers of reflective sheeting for number plates, embossers of number plates, weighbridge facilities, manufacturers of microdots, suppliers of microdots and microdot fitment centres
▪ require the relevant provincial Department or local authority responsible for transport to register a driving licence testing centre before operating as a driving licence testing centre
▪ provide for the surrender of a driving licence by a holder thereof and the re-issuing of a different category of a licence on request to the chief executive officer
▪ prohibit the willful or negligent issuing of a learner’s licence or authorising the issue of a learner’s licence, endorsing or failure to endorse a learner’s licence, or to produce, print or manufacture any document similar to a learner’s licence, contrary to Chapter IV of the National Road Traffic Act, 1996
▪ prohibit the use of unauthorised aid during a test for a learner’s licence or a driving licence test, and the disqualification therefor
▪ provide for the registration and grading of driving school instructors as well as driving schools; and
▪further prohibit and reduce the limit of alcohol in a specimen of blood taken from any part of the body.

Enquiries can be directed to Ms Valerie Carelse at and cell 083 709 8445

Issued by Mr M J Zwane, MP, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport


Economic Regulation of Transport Bill: deliberations; Transport BRRR; National Road Traffic Amendment Bill: consideration of submissions; COSATU memorandum

National Road Traffic Amendment Bill: Department briefing & Motion of Desirability; with Minister