K53 Learner’s Licence Study Sheet – Measurements

This page will help candidates for the learner’s licence test remember all the varied measurements related to the rules of the road – tyre depth, no-stopping distances, load projection limits, etc.


No stopping and no parking allowed

closer than:

  • 75 m beyond a No Stopping sign
  • 9 m before a pedestrian crossing, except to allow pedestrians to cross
  • 6 m to or beyond:
    • a tunnel
    • a subway
    • a bridge
    • where the road has been narrowed

alongside a:

  • No Stopping sign or on a red No Stopping line

where the road is less than:

  • 9 m wide


No parking allowed

closer than:

  • 75 m beyond a No Parking sign
  • 5 m before an intersection
  • 1.5 m either side of a fire hydrant
  • 1 m from the road edge, when parked off the road outside an urban area, unless it is in a demarcated parking bay

alongside a:

  • No Parking sign or on a No Parking line

further than:

  • 450 mm from the kerb (outer edges of the kerbside wheels) , unless permitted by a road sign


  • the road is less than 5.5 m wide on an urban two-way road



Dipped beam must be switched on when

visibility is not clear for a:

  • minimum of 150 m ahead

and must strike the road surface :

  • not more than 45 m in front of the vehicle

The main beam (‘bright’) must be able to

light up objects at least:

  • 100 m ahead of the vehicle at night


Parking lights

must be used when the vehicle is

parked on the road:

  • more than 12 m from a lit street light, unless in a demarcated parking pay



The distance between the two vehicles must:

  • not be more than 3.5 m maximum apart

The tow-rope must be clearly visible: (e.g. a red flag on it)

  • if the tow-rope is longer than 1.8 m


Pedestrians may not cross the road within

  • 50 m of a pedestrian crossing. They must go to the crossing and cross the road there


Tyre tread

across the full width and circumference of the tire, must be:

  • no less than 1 mm deep (2 mm is safer)


Where passengers are carried on the back of an open truck

the side of of the carrying area must be at least:

  • 350 mm above the seating surface is the passengers are seated
  • 900 mm high if the passengers are standing


The seat-back space inside the vehicle must be at least

  • 380 mm wide per adult passenger
  • 380 mm wide for two children up to 5 years
  • 760 mm wide for three children aged 6 to 13 years


Loads on vehicles

Maximum projection limits: (excluding motorcycles)

  • 300 mm beyond the front of the vehicle
  • 1.8 m beyond the rear of the vehicle
  • 4.3 m from the ground on goods vehicles
  • 0.5 times the height of a passenger vehicle
  • 2.6 m wide for goods vehicles 12,000 kg and above
  • 2.5 m wide for lighter vehicles


Loads on motorcycles

Maximum projection limits:

  • 600 mm beyond the front of the front axle
  • 900 mm beyond the rear of the back axle
  • 450 mm to the side of the wheels
  • 300 mm to the side of a side-car’s wheel


Motorcycle handlebars

Although this topic is not supposed to be in the official learner’s Licence test – and the Department of Transport says there are no such questions – from complaints received by people who have done the test at the Akasia testing centre, it seems that one or more testing stations have somehow included questions on this topic. So, this information is included here to help you pass what is in effect surely an illegal test question.


  • Handlebars must be symmetrically aligned (i.e. equal length on either side of the motorcycle)

Minimum width left to right, tip to tip:

  • 600 mm on motorcycles of 200 cc or more
  • 500 mm on all other motorcycles

Maximum width, tip to tip, including the grips:

  • 800 mm (on all motorcycles)

Height limitations:

  • Not lower than the seat height
  • Not higher than 500 mm above the seat height

Official motorcycle regulations for reference:

(3) No person shall operate on a public road a motor cycle—

(a) unless the handlebars thereof are symmetrically placed in relation to the longitudinal centre-line of the cycle;

(b) unless the distance between the outside edges of the handlebars is at least 600 millimetres in respect of a motor cycle with an engine with a cylinder capacity of 200 cubic centimetres or more and at least 500 millimetres in respect of all other motor cycles; or

(c) of which the outer ends of the handgrips on the handlebars are—

(i) higher than 500 millimetres above the seat height; or

(ii) lower than the seat height,

and more than 800 millimetres apart.


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