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New traffic rules approaching

Up until this point, many people have not paid attention to the traffic rules, or simply not cared. That is about to change with new, stricter traffic regulations being introduced onto South Africans roads in the coming months. This is particularly important for those who take speed limits for granted.

What are the new rules?

The new regulations from the Department of Transport are expected to be implemented from 11 May, 2017.

These new regulations include:

  1. Drivers will have to undergo a practical re-evaluation when renewing a licence;
  2. A complete review and revamp of the current K53 test;
  3. Speed limits to be reduced from 60km/h to 40km/h in urban areas, from 100 to 80km/h in rural areas and from 120 to 100km/h on freeways running through a residential area; and
  4. Goods vehicles above 9,000kg GVM to be banned from public roads during peak travelling times.

A long overdue K53 revamp

Apart from the new road rules, the K53 learner’s manual will be getting a review to cater for the developments in cars and road users.

  1. The review would include updates and improvements suggested by examiners, the driving school industry, and the general public.
  2. The code 10 test for heavy motor vehicles such as buses and trucks would also be reviewed, to ensure people did not choose it because it was easier than the code 8 test for light motor vehicles.

Conclusion

Breaking the speed limit is never a good idea, and although it may not lead to your imprisonment, it could still result in a lengthy, and unnecessary, court process.

References:

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as legal or other professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your legal adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)

What to do after a car accident?

If a driver of a vehicle, at the time when the vehicle is involved in or contributes to any accident in which any person is killed or injured or suffers damage in respect of any property, including a vehicle, or animal, must report the accident to a police or traffic officer at the scene of the accident as soon as possible, unless he or she is incapable of doing so by reason of injuries sustained by him or her in the accident. In the case where a person is killed or injured, it must be within 24 hours after the occurrence of the accident, or in any other case on the first working day after the accident.

What must a person do after a motor vehicle accident (“accident”)?

  1. Call the police or report the accident at the nearest police station within 24 hours if a person is killed or injured, or on the first working day after the accident if no person was killed or injured.
  1. Write down the name of the police officer spoken to and the accident report’s reference number.
  1. Co-operate with all emergency personnel and police who respond to the accident.
  1. Get the details of all other motor vehicles involved in the accident, such as the drivers’ names, identity numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, description of the motor vehicles, the registration numbers, and any relevant details from the licence discs; the date, time and address of the accident; the weather and road conditions when the accident occurred; and any other information that may be relevant.
  1. If an employee is driving a motor vehicle on behalf of his/her employer, then the details of the driver and the employer must be taken.
  1. Write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all potential witnesses of the accident.
  1. Take photographs or a video of the following: the scene of the accident, from all angles; the surrounding area; the injuries; and any damage to property.
  1. Draw a sketch plan of the scene of the accident and make sure that it contains a fixed point so that it can easily be traced. Also make a statement about how the accident happened. This sketch and statement will remind a person of all the details relating to the accident at a later stage.
  1. If a person has been injured, a doctor must be consulted immediately, even if the injury is not serious.
  1. If the person is insured, that person has to notify his/her insurance or broker as soon as possible. Write down the name of the person spoken to at the insurance and the reference number of the claim.

What must a person NOT do after an accident?

  1. Move his/her motor vehicle; unless it is necessary for safety or required by law.
  1. Subject himself/herself to further injury by standing or waiting in an area near traffic or other safety hazards.
  1. Leave the scene of an accident until the police tell him/her to do so.
  1. Throw away any potential evidence, such as defective products, important documents, or torn or blood-stained clothing.
  1. Engage in discussions of fault with anyone as that can be considered evidence in court – do not admit liability.
  1. Agree to settlement terms without discussing the matter with an attorney.

Although involvement in a motor accident is always a traumatic experience, try to remember that nearly all accidents have legal consequences. For instance, a criminal charge of driving without a licence, drunken driving or culpable homicide may follow. Civil consequences may include claims for damage to property, or for personal injury, and may arise whether there is a criminal charge or not.

References:

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as legal or other professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your legal adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)

Padfietsryers teenoor motoriste

A3_b_newDie gewildheid van padfietsry as ‘n mededingende sport en ‘n vorm van vervoer is aan die toeneem. Dit lei natuurlik tot groot kommer oor veiligheid en ernstige ongelukke tussen alle padgebruikers.

Beide die Nasionale Padverkeerswet[1] en die Wes-Kaapse Provinsiale Wet op Padverkeer[2] reguleer die regte en verpligtinge van fietsryers en voertuigbestuurders op paaie in die Republiek van Suid-Afrika. Die Nasionale Padverkeerswet het spesifieke regulasies met betrekking tot fietsryveiligheid, en elke padfietsryer moet bedag wees op hierdie regulasies. Regulasie 311[3] bepaal die volgende:

(1)           Niemand mag ‘n padfiets ry op ‘n openbare pad nie, tensy hy of sy wydsbeen op ʼn saal van sodanige trapfiets ry .

(2) Persone wat padfietse ry op ‘n openbare pad moet agter mekaar ry tensy een fietsryer ʼn ander verbysteek. Twee of meer fietsryers mag nie ʼn ander voertuig tegelykertyd verbysteek nie.

(3) Geen staande of sittende fietsryers mag aan ʼn bewegende voertuig op ʼn openbare pad vashou nie.

(4) Geen fietsryer mag op ‘n openbare pad doelbewus veroorsaak dat sodanige padfiets van kant tot kant oor die pad swenk nie .

(5) Geen fietsryer op ‘n openbare pad sal enige persoon, dier of voorwerp op die padfiets vervoer wat sy of haar sig belemmer nie, of wat sy of haar volle beheer oor die padfiets belemmer nie

(6) ‘n Fietsryer wat op ‘n openbare pad ry, sal te alle tye ten minste een hand op die stuurstang hou.

(7) Wanneer ‘n gedeelte van ‘n openbare pad voorsiening maak vir fietsryers, mag geen fietsryers op enige ander gedeelte van daardie openbare pad ry nie.

(8) ‘n Fietsryer wat op ʼn openbare pad of op ʼn afgemerkte gedeelte van ʼn openbare pad fietsry, sal dit op so ʼn wyse doen dat beide wiele van sodanige padfiets te alle tye in kontak is met die oppervlak van die pad.

Die Wes-Kaapse Provinsiale Wet op Padverkeer is gepromulgeer op die 29ste November 2012, en die Wet hou implikasies vir beide fietsryers en voertuigbestuurders in. Hierdie Wet magtig die Provinsiale Minister van Vervoer om sekere sake te reguleer[4] om padveiligheid in die provinsie te verbeter. Onder andere is regulasies uitgevaardig om te verseker dat alle voertuie wat fietsryers wil verbysteek, minstens ‘n veilige afstand van 1.5 meter tussen hulle handhaaf, en wetstoepassing word voorgeskryf teen fietsryers wat nie in enkelgelid ry nie, of wat versuim om by rooi verkeersligte of stopstrate te stop.

Fietsryers het die reg om te verwag dat motorvoertuie hulle veilig verbysteek en op die uitkyk vir hulle is by kruisings. Die Wet op Padverkeer is duidelik waar dit bepaal dat bestuurders ander padgebruikers en fietsryers in ag moet neem. Fietsryers het ook die reg om die linkerkant van die pad te gebruik (nie die uiterste rand van die linkerkant nie). Ons is geneig om te vergeet dat daar fietsryers rondom ons is wat ook die paaie as ‘n middel van vervoer gebruik. Terwyl die wet bepaal dat alle fietsryers valhelms moet dra terwyl hulle fietsry, is dit vir baie ʼn uitgawe wat hulle eenvoudig nie kan bekostig nie, en dit maak hulle byna onsigbaar vir die bestuurders op die pad.

As ‘n bestuurder moet jy jouself afvra wat jy kan doen om ‘n botsing met ‘n fietsryer te vermy. Die AA bied ‘n paar veiligheidswenke vir bestuurders:

  • Gee toe vir fietsryers, veral by kruisings en ​​sirkels.
  • Maak seker dat u altyd u blindekolle dophou en dat die pad skoon en veilig is voor u ‘n draai maak of iemand verbysteek.
  • Moenie ry, stop of parkeer in ‘n fietsbaan nie.
  • Gee fietsryers genoeg ruimte wanneer u hulle verbysteek – daar moet ten minste 1,5 meter tussen u en die fietsryers wees.

Die verandering van die gedrag van bestuurders sal ook help in die stryd tussen padfietsryers en voertuigbestuurders en om sterftes op ons paaie te verminder. Fietsryers moet egter ook hul deel doen deur die volgende reëls na te kom en seker te maak hulle is sigbaar. Hier is ‘n paar veiligheidswenke vir fietsryers op die pad:

  • Gehoorsaam die verkeerstekens en die reëls.
  • Hou links en hou ten minste een meter weg van die sypaadjie en geparkeerde motors.
  • Ry saam met die verkeer en nie daarteen nie.
  • Wees sigbaar – dra reflektiewe klere en ‘n helderkleurige helm te alle tye.
  • Gebruik ligte in die nag – ‘n wit koplamp en ‘n rooi agterlig.
  • Gebruik handseine waneer u draai of om van bane te verwissel.
  • Fietsryers moet altyd agter mekaar ry en nie langs mekaar nie.

Ten einde die aantal sterftes op ons paaie te verminder, moet ons as padgebruikers saamwerk, en dit beteken dat beide fietsryers en motorbestuurders die reëls moet nakom. Die eerste stap sal wees om bewus te wees van die reëls en regulasies wat daargestel is om die belange van albei groepe padgebruikers te beskerm.

[1] 93 van 1996

[2] 6 van 2012

[3] Nasionale Padverkeersregulasies, 2000. Goewermentskennisgewing R225 in Staatskoerant 20963,  gedateer 17 Maart 2000. Aanvangsdatum 1 Augustus 2000 (bladsy 340/389).

[4] Des 6, 2013 – Provinsie WesKaap: Provinsiale Koerant 7208

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