Changes to the traffic regulations have been set aside, meaning owners of heavy duty driving licences can still legally drive light motor vehicles.
DRIVERS with heavy duty licences are still allowed to drive light vehicles, according to the Transport Department.
This means that people who get a code C (10), C1 (11), EC (13) or EC1 (14) driving licence will still be able to drive a car that requires a code B or EB (8) to drive.
The Department of Transport states: “The provision relating to the ring-fencing of driving licences that was to come into effect on 1 February, as per recent amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations – Government Gazette 33796, notice number 1113 published on 25 November 2010, is no longer effective.”
The reinstatement was published in Government Gazette 33980, number 9462 of 1 February.
After the amendment was published in November, the department received representations from various people and organisations, prompting it to “engage and consult the matter further”.
The subsequent review of the amendment led to a department decision to reinstate the status quo immediately. All other published amendments remain in force.
Thami Ngidi, the deputy director-general in the department, says Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele is at this point happy with his decision. Motorists will also be pleased that at this time they will not have to get a second licence, except for a motor cycle, he says.
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