A driver’s licence is an official document permitting a specific individual to operate one or more types of motorised vehicles, such as a motorcycle, car, truck, or bus on a public road.
In South Africa, the driving licence is the official document which authorises the holder to drive a motor vehicle on a public road. Driving licences are issued by authorised driving licence testing centres, which are run by the municipalities under the supervision of the provincial and national Departments of Transport. Since 1998, the driving licence has been issued in a “credit card format”; before then it was included in the holder’s national identity document. The minimum age to hold a licence is 18 .Apply for a driving licence South African with the exception of Code A1 for which the minimum age is 16.
Before applying for a driving licence, a prospective driver must first obtain a learner’s licence. The learner’s test is a multiple-choice test that examines knowledge of vehicle controls, rules of the road, and traffic signs.
The following criteria required:
Rules of the road – There are 30 questions in this category with 22 being the pass mark
Vehicle controls – There are 8 questions in this section, the required pass mark is 6
Road signs, road markings and traffic signals – There are 30 questions in this category with a pass mark of 23
Three types of learner’s licence are issued:
Code 1: motorcycles.
Code 2: vehicles (except motorcycles) with tare weight of 3 500 kilograms or less; minibuses, buses and goods vehicles with GVM of 3 500 kg or less; and articulated vehicles with GCM of 3 500 kg or less.
Code 3: all vehicles (except motorcycles).
The minimum age for a Code 1 or 2 licence is 17, and for a Code 3 licence it is 18. At the age of 16 a Code 1 licence limited to motorcycles with engine capacity under 125 cc may be obtained. Learner’s licences are valid for 24 months, and, except for Code 1 licences, require that the learner be accompanied by a fully licensed driver. It is not compulsory for a learner driver to have a big red “L” on the rear window, but it is recommended so that other drivers can have patience with the driver.
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