Towing of Vehicles
No person shall operate a vehicle on a public road towing another vehicle-
- if the length of the tow-rope, chain or tow-bar between the two vehicles exceeds three and a half metres;
- if the towed vehicle is connected to the towing vehicle in such a manner that both vehicles are not under control;
- unless the steering gear of the vehicle being towed is controlled by a person holding a code of driving licence authorising him or her to drive the class of such vehicle, if the towed vehicle is fitted with steering gear: Provided that the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply in the case where –
- the steerable wheels of the towed vehicle are being carried clear of the ground; or
- the device connecting the towing vehicle to the towed vehicle is such that the steerable wheels of the towed vehicle are controlled by such vehicle;
- if the brakes of the towed vehicle do not comply with the provisions of regulation 155, unless the towing vehicle is connected to the towed vehicle by means of a drawbar or tow-bar;
- at a speed in excess of 30 kilometres per hour, unless the towing vehicle is connected to the towed vehicle by means of a drawbar or a tow-bar;
- if the towed vehicle is conveying persons at a speed in excess of 30 kilometres per hour, unless the towed vehicle is a semi-trailer; or
- if the towing vehicle is a motor cycle, motor tricycle, motor quadrucycle or pedal cycle.
The Road Traffic Sign System has recently been harmonised with the rest of the Southern African Development Community Road Traffic Sign System and one of the primary objectives was to develop a system capable of meeting the road traffic and safety needs of all road users in an efficient manner, with due regard to potential environmental and other conflicts. Some of the changes include a new class of signs i.e. the local direction sign for use in urban areas; several existing sign symbols and signs have been revised; and some new signs have been added to harmonise with the SADC system. The philosophy of “a picture is worth a thousand words” was adopted in 1993 and the use of symbols rather than text, to obviate the need to use multiple languages and to reduce observation time of signs, has been perpetuated. The human factor element of the road environment and the needs of road users were taken into account. The system implemented on 1 November 1993 was to have been phased in by the end of the year 2000. This harmonised system is expected to be phased in by the year 2005.
This publication has been compiled to provide you with the opportunity to learn and understand the harmonised SADC system.