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Driving in South Africa

Information acquired on 11/06/2009

Compulsory documents

Pink EU driving licence.

International driving license (recommended only).

Car registration or rental papers (recommended only).

Country initials sticker.

International Motor Insurance Card (recommended only).

Passport (recommended only).

Owner's permission required if using a vehicle belonging to a third party.

Motorists are advised to contact the Motoring Association for information on local regulations.


Maximum alcohol level : 0.05 %. This is to be considered dangerous : don't drink and drive.

Minimum driving age : 18 years.

Safety belt: compulsory front and back.

Motorcyclists: helmet compulsory for driver and passenger.

Dipped headlights compulsory (night and day) for two-wheeled vehicles all year round.

Drive on the left.


Warning triangle recommended.

First-aid kit recommended.

Fire extinguisher recommended.

Set of spare light bulbs recommended.

Tow rope recommended.

Fluorescent safety jacket recommended.

Speed limits (Light vehicles)

In built-up areas : 60 kph.

On roads : 100 kph.

On motorways : 120 kph.

These speed limits are lower in wet weather.

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