Level 4 Lockdown Road Rules for South Africa

According to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, directives which amend the South African road and transport rules during lockdown, were published on Monday (4 May 2020).

The most important points will be mentioned below and how they impact South Africans travelling. For more information visit the Government Printing Works website.

Fikile Mbalula extended the validity of learner’s license, drivers licenses, motor vehicle license disks, temporary permits and roadworthy certificates that expired during lockdown. You will now have a 30 days grace period from the (4 May 2020).

Motor trade number license’s that expired during lockdown will have grace period of 6 months from the (4 May 2020).

All license centers will adhere to sanitization rules to help the spread against Covid-19.

  • Sanitizer will be provided to clients who enter the license testing centers and vehicle testing centers.
  • No cloth face mask or a homemade item that covers nose or mouth means no entry into the premises.
  • Social distancing measures will be put into place
  • Licensing centers and vehicle testing centers will put in place procedures for cleaning and disinfection of premises.

  • Intra-provincial, metropolitan areas and districts public transport is permitted to operate from 05h00 to 20h00 with a grace period of an hour to complete the journey and drop off at 21h00.
  • Intra-provincial, metropolitan areas and districts travel by private vehicle is permitted to operate from 05h00 to 20h00 with a grace period of an hour to complete the journey at 21h00.
  • Hot food delivery services is allowed to start from 09h00 and end at 19h00.
  • The transportation of persons rendering essentials services or permitted service must be in line with the operating shifts, work time schedules as determined by the responsible head of operations, Manager, Head of the Department or a person with responsible authority within such institution.
  • The operating shifts or work schedules or time table should be stamped and signed by such person with authority.

Updated rules on vehicle capacity are listed below:

  • Public transport cannot carry more than 50% capacity.
  • E-hailing, meter taxis, shuttle services, chauffeur driven vehicles cannot carry more than 50% capacity.
  • Mini and Midbus Taxi cannot carry more than 70% capacity.
  • Buses cannot carry more than 50% capacity.


Figures correct at time of publication

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