Road rules in South Africa, the second part

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Road rules in South Africa, the second part

Rules of the road 2 is the second part of the k53 rules of the road.

Allowed on freeways

You may stop on the freeway when:

  • It is within a designated stopping or parking area.
  • It is in accordance with a road sign or signal from a traffic officer.
  • There is a cause beyond your control.

Not allowed on freeways

The following are not allowed on a freeway:

  • Animal drawn vehicles.
  • Animals, except inside of a vehicle or within a designated parking or stopping area.
  • Bicycles.
  • Motorcycles with an engine capacity of 50cc or less.
  • Motor tricycles or quadricycles.
  • Electricity powered motorcycles.
  • Vehicles weighing 230kg or less that have been specially adapted or designed for disabled people.
  • Tractors, unless they are busy with freeway maintenance or construction.
  • Pedestrians, except if they are within a reserved stopping or parking area, or in an emergency situation beyond their control.
  • Hand signals except for a cause beyond the driver’s control.

No stopping areas

You may not stop your vehicle under the following conditions:

  • When stopping is forbidden by a road sign, road marking or a traffic or police officer.
  • Next to or opposite construction in progress.
  • In or closer than 6 metres to a tunnel, a subway, a bridge or a roadway that has been minimised.
  • Closer than 9 metres to a pedestrian crossing , other than to allow pedestrians to cross.
  • Facing oncoming traffic.
  • Next to another vehicle where the road is narrower than 9 metres.
  • Within the railway reserve at a level crossing – always stop behind the white solid line. If no line is visible then you must stop 3 metres away from the reserve.

Compulsory stops

You must stop your vehicle under the following conditions:

  • At the steady red light of a robot.
  • When approaching a stop sign.
  • If instructed by a traffic officer.
  • When stopped by someone leading or driving farm animals on the road.
  • If stopped by a scholar patrol.
  • At a pedestrian crossing where pedestrians are in or are about to enter your half of the roadway.
  • If your vehicle has been involved in a collision.

No Parking Areas

You may not park in the following areas:

  • In a no stopping area demarcated by a road sign or road marking.
  • Where forbidden by a traffic or police officer.
  • With any wheel more than 450mm away from the kerb or roadway edge in an urban area.
  • Or within 1 metre of the road edge on a road outside an urban area.
  • On the road adjacent to a fire hydrant or closer than 1.5 metres on either side of a fire hydrant.
  • Within 5 metres of an intersection in an urban area unless permitted by a road sign.
  • On a two-way road that is narrower than 5.5 metres in an urban area.
  • On or partially on a sidewalk or pavement.
  • Where the vehicle would block the view of a road sign or road marking for other road users.
  • Over the actuating mechanism of a traffic light in an urban area.
  • On or partially on a traffic island or painted island.
  • In a pedestrian mall or a pedestrian lane.
  • Across or in front of a private or public vehicle entrance.

Abandoned vehicles

Your vehicle may be considered abandoned and may be towed away under the following circumstances:

  • If your vehicle is illegally parked.
  • When your vehicle has been parked for seven days or more in the same place on an urban road or on the site of a testing station.
  • In a scenario where your vehicle has been parked for 24 hours or more in the same public place or road outside an urban area.
  • At a time when your vehicle is found on a public road without a legal registration number.
  • If the ownership of your vehicle cannot be identified.
  • When your vehicle is dangerously parked or likely to cause an obstruction.

Conveying goods

When conveying (transporting) goods:

  • You must securely fasten goods to your vehicle.
  • Your load must not exceed half the height of cars if carried on the roof unless it is your bicycle.
  • For goods vehicles, their load must not be more than 4.3 metres from the ground.
  • The width of your load and your vehicle must not exceed 2.6 metres for vehicles with a gross vehicle mass of 12 000kg and 2.5 metres for all other vehicles.
  • Make sure your load does not project more than 1.8 metres beyond the rear of your vehicle.

For projections of goods that are more than 150mm from the sides of the vehicle and to indicate the width of the load:

  • You must, during the day, fix a red flag 300mm x 300mm at each corner of your load.
  • From sunset to sunrise reflectors must be used at each corner of your load. Red reflectors at the back and white reflectors in the front.

Passengers are allowed on the back of a van or truck if:

  • The sides of your vehicle are 350mm above the seating surface for seated passengers.
  • Also, the sides of your vehicle are 900mm above the floor surface when passengers are standing.
  • You may transport one person for every 380mm as measured along the back length of the seat at seat level.

For more information on the rules of the road read the K53 rules of the road and rules of the road 3 articles or practice the rules of the road test.

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