New drink and drive limits proposed from 0,05 to 0,02

It is proposed that new limits on blood and breath alcohol concentration levels when driving should not exceed 0,02 gram per 100 millilitres in the case of blood alcohol (as opposed the current 0,05); and  0,10 gram per 100 millilitres of breath (as opposed to the current 0,24). For professional drivers the proposed limits are even stricter.

Comments have been  invited on the draft National Road Traffic Amendment Bill, 2012 with a view to amending National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996.

The deadline for written submissions is 18 August 2012. In addition to the drink and drive limits, the gazette proposes, amongst other things, provisions in the amendments for:

•    registering and licensing motor vehicle manufacturers, builders and importers
•    registering and licensing number plate manufacturers
•    empowering the minister to prescribe training procedures for licence inspectors
vehicle examiners, driving licence examiners, traffic officers and traffic wardens
•    imposing a duty on drivers to be in physical possession of driving licences
•    regulating the driving school industry

The draft amendment bill also seeks to set 1 May 2003 retrospectively as the date after which, in terms of section 18(6)(a) of the act, any driving licence officially included in an identity document will not be accepted as proof of being in possession of a valid driving licence.

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