Is The Learner’s Licence Test Illegal? | K53 Blog

The South African Learner’s Licence test includes questions that fall outside the requirements for the test test syllabus as stipulated in the National Road Traffic Act. Does this not make the test itself illegal and invalid?

The Act stipulates that the candidate must be tested on his knowledge and understanding of the Road Signs, Controls of the Vehicle and the Rules of the Road. However, the official test includes questions on regulations that fall outside these particular chapters of the Rules and Regulations of the Act.

For example, there are questions drawn from chapters covering the regulations in respect of the vehicle itself (e.g. including roadworthiness items), such as the maximum distance ahead that the headlights dipped beam is allowed to shine onto the road, how far a hooter must be audible, permitted measurements of projections from the vehicle, loads and load projections and safety warning markings, seat belts, tyres, the height and width specifications for the handlebars on a motorcycle, and more.

Is this legal? Is it fair? Here’s a quote from the National Road Traffic Act:

“The rules of the road encompasses all the general actions and observations a driver must know to be a safe driver on the road. Other drivers on the road expect a driver to know these rules to be able to safely negotiate the actions of fellow drivers.”

As can be seen, this has nothing to do with roadworthiness of the vehicle or regulations related to vehicle specifications, or the other kinds of matters mentioned as being included in the Learner’s Licence test.

This would suggest that the test itself is wrong and not legal.

If this is true, then what can and should be done about it as a matter of urgency?

 

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A more detailed article includes a list of all the items included in Chapter X of the Rules and Regulations – RULES OF THE ROAD, plus other pertinent information related to these and other major concerns that are believed to contribute to the high failure rate in the Learner’s licence test. There is also a call to action, with some ideas and suggestions, to get this sorted out.

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