When you can expect new 40km/h speed limits for South Africa

The Department of Transport hopes to implement new speed limits on South Africa’s roads by the end of the year.

Wheels24 reported that the proposed legislation would have to be presented to cabinet, be discussed in Parliament and include public input; however, spokesman Ishmael Mnisi said his department hoped to implement proposed regulations by the end of 2015.

The government wants to reduce the general speed limit from 60km/h to 40km/h, and has gazetted the proposals.

In the latest government gazette, published on 11 May, the department opened the changes to public comment.

The new proposed speed limits are:

  • 40 kilometres per hour, applied to every public road, or section thereof, situated within an urban area.
  • 80 kilometres per hour on every public road, or section thereof, other than a freeway, outside an urban area.
  • 120 kilometres per hour on freeways – provided that a speed limit of 100 kilometres per hour applies in cases where a freeway passes through a residential area.

Other proposals

Other proposals put forward for public comment include specific times that vehicles over 9 tons can be on the road, and new ‘powers’ of evaluation given to examiners at the time of licence renewal.

It’s proposed that heavy vehicles may not operate on a public road in an urban area between 06:00 and 09:00, and 17:00 and 20:00, Monday to Friday (weekends and public holidays are exempt).

Licence renewal

Also included in the proposals are amendments to renewing a licence.

According to the gazette, before obtaining a new driving licence an examiner may now, “by observation, inquiry, and practical test”, evaluate if you:

  • Have a licence that matched the class of vehicle you drive.
  • Know and understand road traffic signs.
  • Have a “sound understanding” of the rules of the road.
  • Are not subject to any disqualification criteria.

Applicants won’t be required to take a written test.

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