Each year, around holiday time, it becomes clear that many South Africans are a little confused about local towing regulations.
Between 1998 and 2003 a lot of things changed for drivers in South Africa. Firstly, we switched to the credit card format driving license, but other changes were made at the same time: for example a Code 08 license became a Code EB, and new towing restrictions came into effect. For many South Africans these changes slipped under the radar (especially those who had been driving for a number of years) and, as a result, many drivers might be unaware that they don’t have the correct licence to tow a certain weight (if any).
This becomes a real concern not only due to potential fines, but should you be involved in an accident your insurance claim could be denied if you were unknowingly towing illegally. So no matter how long you’ve been driving, take a look at your driver’s licence and make sure you have the correct codes for your towing requirements.
This may sound like a nightmare, but take a deep breath and get it done, because you don’t want to run the risk of your insurance being deemed void in the event of an accident. That’s going to cost you a lot more than the few grey hairs caused by following the legal process.
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