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    Hi
    can anyone help with some info regarding the legality of having an LED bar light mounted on the nudge bar of a vehicle. a friend of mine was arrested last night by a traffic official, was taken to the SAPS and spent the night in jail. the traffic official also removed his licence disk from his vehicle and was told to take the vehicle again for road worthy . according to the traffic official the vehicle had more than six lights , this was after he counted every LED also as a light.
    this happened in KZN matubatuba on the way to St Lucia.

    RIG

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    I do not have a clue re the law on this but find it very strange that he was arrested.

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    It has been discussed before...

    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...d.php?t=189804

    National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996)
    National Road Traffic Regulations, 1999

    Chapter VI : Fitness of Vehicles

    Part II : Equipment on or in respect of vehicles

    159. Head lamps


    1) No person shall operate on a public road
    a) motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, a motor tricycle with one wheel in front or trailer, unless it is equipped in front on each side of its longitudinal centre-line with
    i) one head lamp capable of emitting a main-beam and a dipped-beam;
    ii) one head lamp capable of emitting a main-beam and one head lamp capable of emitting a dipped-beam; or
    iii) one head lamp contemplated in subparagraph (i) or head lamps contemplated in subparagraph (ii) and an additional head lamp capable of emitting a main-beam;
    b) a motorcycle without a side-car, motor tricycle with one wheel in front, unless it is equipped in front with
    i) one head lamp capable of emitting a main-beam and a dipped-beam;
    ii) one head lamp capable of emitting a main-beam and one head lamp capable or emitting a dipped-beam, both of which are fitted in the same vertical plane; or
    iii) two headlamps, each capable of emitting a main-beam and a dipped-beam, both of which are fitted in the same horizontal plane; or
    c) a motor cycle with a side-car, unless
    i) the motorcycle is equipped in front with one head lamp contemplated in paragraph (b)(i) or head lamps contemplated in paragraph (b)(ii) or (iii); and
    ii) the side-car is equipped with one parking lamp which complies with the provisions of regulation 164 or with one head lamp contemplated in paragraph (b)(i), subject to the proviso to regulation 161(4)(a).
    2) At least one head lamp contemplated in subregulation (1)(a) capable of emitting a dipped-beam or a parking lamp complying with the provisions of regulation 164 shall be so fitted on each side of the longitudinal centre-line of the motor vehicle concerned that the portion of the illuminating surface thereof furthest from the longitudinal centre-line of the motor vehicle is not more than 400 millimetres from the outer edge of the front of the motor vehicle.

    3) The main-beam and dipped-beam of a head lamp fitted to a motor vehicle first registered on or after 1 January 2002, shall comply with the requirements of standard specification SABS 1046 "Motor vehicle safety specification for lights and light signalling devices installed on motor vehicles and trailers", and standard specification SABS 1376 "Lights for motor vehicles", Part 2: "Head lights".

    I don't have a copy of SABS 1046 & SABS 1376. You will probably find the answer in the SABS specifications.

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    Sandman, do you know how or whether the Traffic Act makes provision for day time running lamps, especially LED? One sees a lot of cars nowadays with LED daytime lights and in many (like the Benz), you can very clearly see a large number of individual LEDs?

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    Arested by a trafic official? AFAIK this in itself is illegal, only SAPS can arrest.
    From what I read here on the forum previously it is possible that all indavidual LED's in a light bar can be counted as seprit lights, I think the problem is that the NRTA hasn't been changed yet to make provision for LED light bars or daytime running lights so everyone can interpret it differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capone View Post
    Sandman, do you know how or whether the Traffic Act makes provision for day time running lamps, especially LED? One sees a lot of cars nowadays with LED daytime lights and in many (like the Benz), you can very clearly see a large number of individual LEDs?


    If it's standard on the vehicles and came like that from the manufacturer then technically it's totally legal, some vehicles even come out with spots on the roof where fitting aftermarket spots on your roof is totally illegal.

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    I am finding the arrest strange for a traffic offense. Is this legal or is it an unlawful arrest ?

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    I am no lawyer so this is only my opinion.

    Yes it does deal with DRL.

    It clearly states that headlights can be no higher than 1,4m or 500mm deep so any roof rack spot lights are illegal. Even if not connected or covered and then 185. says if we didn't deal with it in this legislation its illegal (a catch all clause).

    Now the question is why are retailers allowed to sell illegal lights, or at least not make you sign an indemnity that these LED light bars can only be used off road?

    Look at this thread:

    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...ad.php?t=20230

    and for those that don't read attachements :

    " Visibility distance of lights
    158. (1) Where provision is made in regulations 157 to 184, as to the distance from which certain lights and
    devices shall render objects visible or the distance within which such lights or devices shall be visible, such
    provision shall apply during the times stated in regulation 157(1)(b) in respect of a vehicle when upon a straight,
    reasonably level, unlighted public road in clear weather, unless a different time or condition is expressly stated.
    (2) Every lamp required to be fitted or to be used in terms of any of these regulations shall emit a light of
    sufficient brilliance to be visible from a distance of at least 150 metres to a person of normal eyesight.
    Head lamps
    159. (1) No person shall operate on a public road--
    motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, a motor tricycle with one wheel in front or trailer, unless it is
    equipped in front on each side of its longitudinal centre-line with--
    a.
    i. one head lamp capable of emitting a main-beam and a dipped-beam;
    one head lamp capable of emitting a main-beam and one head lamp capable of emitting a
    dipped-beam; or
    ii.
    one head lamp contemplated in subparagraph (i) or head lamps contemplated in subparagraph (ii)
    and an additional head lamp capable of emitting a main-beam;
    iii.
    b. a motorcycle without a side-car, motor tricycle with one wheel in front, unless it is equipped in front with--
    i. one head lamp capable of emitting a main-beam and a dipped-beam;
    one head lamp capable of emitting a main-beam and one head lamp capable or emitting a
    dipped-beam, both of which are fitted in the same vertical plane; or
    ii.
    two headlamps, each capable of emitting a main-beam and a dipped-beam, both of which are
    fitted in the same horizontal plane; or
    iii.
    c. a motor cycle with a side-car, unless--
    the motorcycle is equipped in front with one head lamp contemplated in paragraph (b)(i) or head
    lamps contemplated in paragraph (b)(ii) or (iii); and
    i.
    the side-car is equipped with one parking lamp which complies with the provisions of regulation
    164 or with one head lamp contemplated in paragraph (b)(i), subject to the proviso to regulation
    161(4)(a).
    ii.
    (2) At least one head lamp contemplated in subregulation (1)(a) capable of emitting a dipped-beam or a parking
    lamp complying with the provisions of regulation 164 shall be so fitted on each side of the longitudinal centre-line
    of the motor vehicle concerned that the portion of the illuminating surface thereof furthest from the longitudinal
    centre-line of the motor vehicle is not more than 400 millimetres from the outer edge of the front of the motor
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    (3) The main-beam and dipped-beam of a head lamp fitted to a motor vehicle first registered on or after 1
    January 2002, shall comply with the requirements of standard specification SABS 1046 "Motor vehicle safety
    specification for lights and light signalling devices installed on motor vehicles and trailers", and standard
    specification SABS 1376 "Lights for motor vehicles", Part 2: "Head lights".
    Main-beam
    160. Every head lamp emitting a main-beam of light shall be so adjusted and maintained that--
    it shall be capable of adequately illuminating an area ahead of the motor vehicle concerned enabling the
    driver to see any person, vehicle or substantial object at a distance of at least 100 metres ahead; and
    a.
    it can be extinguished by the use of a device which simultaneously shall cause or allow the dipped-beam of
    light to be emitted or continue to be emitted from a head lamp.
    b.
    Dipped-beam
    161. (1) Every head lamp emitting a dipped-beam of light which, when projected onto a vertical screen, shows a
    beam pattern with a sharp, clearly defined cut-off line diagonal to the left (hereinafter referred to as the "diagonal
    cut-off line") and horizontal to the right (hereinafter referred to as the "horizontal cut-off line"), shall be so
    adjusted and maintained that, when the motor vehicle concerned is on a reasonably level road such beam at the
    horizontal cut-off line shall--
    slant downwards at a percentage inclination of at least 0,5 per cent which percentage inclination shall be
    calculated in accordance with the formula--
    a.
    ; and
    trike the road surface ahead of the motor vehicle within a distance in metres calculated in accordance with
    the formula--
    b.
    200 x h1
    (2) In the formulae referred to in subregulation (1)--
    "h1" represents the height in metres of the head lamp measured to the centre of the head lamp vertically
    from ground level;
    a.
    "h2" represents the height in metres of the horizontal cut-off line measured vertically from ground level at the
    screen contemplated in subregulation (1); and
    b.
    "L" represents the distance in metres of the screen contemplated in subregulation (1) measured horizontally
    from the head lamp as illustrated hereunder.
    c.
    (3) Every head lamp emitting a dipped-beam of light which, when projected onto a vertical screen, shows a
    symmetrical light-pattern or does not have a diagonal and horizontal cut-off line, shall be so adjusted and
    maintained that when the motor vehicle concerned is on a reasonably level road, the centre of the intense part of
    such beam shall slant downwards to strike the road surface ahead of the motor vehicle within a distance not
    exceeding 45 metres.
    (4) Every head lamp emitting a dipped-beam of light shall be so adjusted and maintained that--
    it shall be capable of adequately illuminating an area ahead of the motor vehicle concerned enabling the
    driver to see any person, vehicle or substantial object at a distance of at least 45 metres ahead of the motor
    vehicle: Provided that the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to a head lamp emitting a
    dipped-beam of light fitted to the side-car of a motor cycle;
    a.
    b. it does not cause a dangerous glare to oncoming traffic on a reasonably level road; and
    the intersection of the diagonal and horizontal cut-off lines of a dipped-beam referred to in subregulation (1),
    or the centre of the intense part of a dipped beam referred to in subregulation (3), shall not deflect to the
    right.
    c.
    Daytime running lamp
    161A. (1) Any motor vehicle, except a trailer, may be fitted with daytime running lamps.
    (2) Daytime running lamps shall be fitted--
    a. not less than 250 millimetres or more than one comma five metres above the ground level; and
    towards the front of the motor vehicle in such a manner that the light emitted from such lamp does not
    cause discomfort to the driver of the motor vehicle, either directly or indirectly through any of the rear-view
    mirrors or any other reflecting surfaces of the vehicle.
    b.
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    a. that the rear position lamps are on at the same time as the daytime running lamps; and
    that they switch off automatically when the head lamps are switched on, except when the headlamps are
    used to give intermittent luminous warnings at short intervals.
    b.
    Lights to be displayed on stationary or parked motor vehicle
    162. Subject to the proviso to regulation 157(1)(b), no person shall on a public road stop or park a motor vehicle
    unless--
    the head lamps thereof emit a dipped-beam of light complying with the provisions of regulation 161 or a
    beam of light complying with the provisions of regulation 164 is emitted from parking lamps incorporated in
    such head lamps; or
    a.
    if the head lamps thereof are extinguished, light is emitted from two fog lamps or parking lamps complying
    with the provisions of regulation 163 or 164, respectively.
    b.
    Fog lamps
    163. (1) A motor vehicle may be equipped at the front and at the rear or at the front or rear with--
    a. one fog lamp; or
    b. two fog lamps, one on each side of the longitudinal centre-line of the motor vehicle.
    (2) No person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle which, in terms of subregulation (1) is equipped with
    a fog lamp or fog lamps, unless--
    every fog lamp at the front is so adjusted and maintained that it shall only be capable of emitting a
    dipped-beam of light complying with the provisions of regulation 161(3) and (4); or
    a.
    the fog lamp or lamps at the rear can only be brought into operation when any fog lamp at the front or any
    head lamp of such vehicle is brought into operation.
    b.
    (3) No fog lamp contemplated in subregulation (1) shall be fitted--
    at the front of a motor vehicle with the highest point of its illuminating surface above the highest point of the
    illuminating surface of a head lamp emitting a dipped-beam of light; or
    a.
    at the rear of a motor vehicle with the lowest point of its illuminating surface less than 250 millimetres and
    the highest point thereof more than one metre from ground level.
    b.
    (4) If--
    a motor vehicle, other than a motor cycle and motor tricycle with one wheel in front, is in terms of
    subregulation (1)(a) equipped with one fog lamp at the front, a parking lamp or parking lamps complying
    with the provisions of regulation 164, shall be fitted to the motor vehicle concerned in such a manner that
    every parking lamp shall be brought into operation simultaneously with the fog lamp; or
    a.
    a motor vehicle is in terms of subregulation (1)(b) equipped with two fog lamps at the front and any such
    lamp is so placed that the portion of its illuminating surface which is furthest from the longitudinal centre-line
    of the motor vehicle, is further than 400 millimetres from the outer edge of the front of such vehicle, a
    parking lamp or parking lamps complying with the provisions of regulation 164 shall be fitted to the motor
    vehicle and in such a manner that every parking lamp shall be brought into operation simultaneously with
    the fog lamps.
    b.
    (5) No fog lamp shall be fitted to the side-car of a motor cycle at the front, unless the motor cycle concerned is
    equipped with a fog lamp complying with the provisions of this regulation or with a parking lamp complying with
    the provisions of regulation 164 and which can be brought into operation simultaneously with the fog lamp on the
    side-car: Provided that if a fog lamp is only fitted to the motor cycle at the front, the side-car shall be equipped
    with one parking lamp referred to in regulation 159(1)(c)(ii) and such parking lamp shall be capable of being
    brought into operation simultaneously with such fog lamp.
    (6) No person shall operate on a public road, a motor vehicle while any fog lamp fitted to such vehicle is lit,
    except in conditions of poor visibility caused by snow, fog, mist, dust or smoke.
    Parking lamps
    164. (1) A motor vehicle may be equipped--
    a. in front with one or two parking lamps which shall be visible directly from the front;
    b. at the rear with one or two parking lamps which shall be visible directly from the rear; or
    c. at each side with one parking lamp which shall be visible directly from the front and from the rear.
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    contemplated in subregulation (1)(a), may form part of a head lamp contemplated in regulation 159, a fog
    lamp contemplated in regulation 163 or a front position lamp contemplated in regulation 166; or
    a.
    contemplated in subregulation (1)(b), may form part of a fog lamp contemplated in regulation 163, a rear
    lamp contemplated in regulation 168 or a stop lamp contemplated in regulation 169.
    b.
    (3) If a motor vehicle is, in terms of subregulation (1), equipped at the front or at the rear with--
    a. one parking lamp, such lamp shall be fitted on the right side of the motor vehicle; or
    two parking lamps, one parking lamp shall be fitted on each side of the longitudinal centre-line of the motor
    vehicle,
    b.
    so that the portion of the illuminating surface thereof furthest from the longitudinal centre-line of the
    motor vehicle is not further than 400 millimetre from the outer-edge of the front or rear of the motor
    vehicle, as the case may be: Provided that in the case of a motor vehicle registered prior to 1 July 1990
    the portion of illuminating surface of the parking lamp furthest from the longitudinal centre-line of the
    motor vehicle may be not further than 500 millimetres from the outer-edge of the front or rear of the
    motor vehicle.
    When parking lamps to be kept lighted
    165. (1) No person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle if on any side of the longitudinal centre-line
    thereof no head lamp in use is so placed that the portion of its illuminating surface furthest from such centre-line
    is within 400 millimetres from the outer-edge of the front of the vehicle, unless a parking lamp fitted to that side
    of the vehicle and complying with regulation 164 is kept lighted.
    (2) No person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle of which only the parking lamps are lighted while
    such vehicle is in motion.
    Front-position lamps
    166. (1) No person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle or a combination of motor vehicles, other than
    a motor cycle, if any of the outer edges of the widest part of such vehicle or combination or any load thereon
    projects more than 400 millimetres beyond the illuminating surface of any outermost lamp to the front of such
    vehicle or combination of motor vehicles which is nearest to such edge, unless there is fitted on each side of
    such widest part one front-position lamp which shall be visible directly from the front.
    (2) The front position lamps contemplated in subregulation (1)--
    shall be fitted as near as possible to, but not more than 400 millimetres, or in the case of a trailer, converter
    dolly or adapter dolly not more than 150 millimetres, from the outer-edges of the widest part of the motor
    vehicle or combination of motor vehicles concerned or any load thereon, and shall not be less than 350
    millimetres or more than two comma one metres above the ground level: Provided that a motor vehicle first
    registered prior to 1 January 1985 may have such lamps fitted less than 350 millimetres above the ground
    but such lamps shall be fitted as high as possible; and
    a.
    b. shall emit a white light.
    End-outline-marker lamps
    167. (1) A motor vehicle may be equipped--
    in front on each side of its longitudinal centre-line with one end-outline-marker lamp which shall be visible
    directly from the front; and
    a.
    at the rear on each side of its longitudinal centre-line with one end-outline-marker lamp which shall be
    visible directly from the rear.
    b.
    (2) The end-outline-marker lamps contemplated in subregulation (1)--
    shall be fitted as near as possible to the outer-edges of the front and rear of the motor vehicle concerned
    and as high as possible; and
    a.
    b. shall emit a white light to the front and a red light to the rear.
    Rear lamps
    168. (1) No person shall operate a motor vehicle on a public road, excluding a motor vehicle which was first
    registered before 1 January 1981, a motor cycle or a motor tricycle, unless such motor vehicle is fitted with at
    least one lamp on each side at the rear--
    a. emitting a red light to the rear with a minimum intensity of two candelas;
    positioned not further than 400 millimetres from the outer edges of the widest part of such motor vehicle;
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    positioned not lower than 350 millimetres or higher than one and a half metres above ground level, but if it is
    not practical or impossible due to the structure of the vehicle to position such lamps within one and a half
    metres above ground level, not higher than two comma one metres above ground level.
    c.
    (2) A motor vehicle which was first registered before 1 January 1981 may be fitted with such lamps in such
    positions as are prescribed in subregulation (1), but shall be fitted with at least one lamp at the rear, emitting a
    red light to the rear with a minimum intensity of two candelas, positioned in the centre or to the right of the
    longitudinal centre-line of such vehicle, not lower than 300 millimetres and not higher than two comma one
    metres above ground level.
    (3) No person shall operate a motor cycle or a motor tricycle on a public road unless such motor cycle or motor
    tricycle is fitted with such a lamp in such a position at the rear as prescribed in subregulation (2).
    (4) Rear lamps fitted to motor vehicles in addition to those prescribed in this regulation may be fitted higher than
    two comma one metres above ground level.
    (5) A motor vehicle which is towed by a breakdown vehicle shall be fitted with a separate temporary set of rear
    lamps while such motor vehicle is being towed.
    Stop lamps
    169. (1) No person shall operate a motor vehicle, other than a trailer drawn by a tractor or a tractor, on a public
    road unless it is fitted with at least one stop lamp on each side at the rear of the motor vehicle, and in the case of
    a motor cycle one stop lamp at the rear, which shall--
    a. be visible from the rear and shall be unobscured within angles of--
    45 degrees measured across the width of the motor vehicle on either side of a line parallel to the
    longitudinal centre-line of the motor vehicle and passing through the centre-line of each stop lamp;
    and
    i.
    15 degrees measured vertically on either side of a horizontal line parallel to the longitudinal
    centerline of the motor vehicle and passing through the centre-line of each stop lamp but if the
    height of the stop lamp above ground level is less than 750 millimetres, such angles, measured
    below such horizontal line, may be reduced to five degrees;
    ii.
    be fitted at a height of not less than 300 millimetres and not more than two comma one metres above
    ground level, measured to the centre of the lamp: Provided that additional stop lamps may be fitted above
    two comma one metres;
    b.
    c. be fitted equidistant from, and on each side of, the longitudinal centre-line of such motor vehicle;
    when in use, emit light the colour of which shall be red and the intensity of which shall be greater than that
    of the light emitted by the rear lamp on the motor vehicle and shall be visible in normal sunlight at a distance
    of not less than 30 metres to a person of normal eyesight;
    d.
    be so connected that, if the motor vehicle is in motion, such lamp shall come into operation as soon as the
    operating device of the service brake or similar brake of the motor vehicle or, in the case of a combination
    of motor vehicles, of the drawing vehicle, is activated; and
    e.
    f. be maintained in a clean condition and in good working order.
    (2) A motor vehicle which is being towed by a breakdown vehicle shall be fitted with a separate temporary set of
    stop lamps which is coordinated with the working of the stop lamps of the breakdown vehicle while such motor
    vehicle is so towed.
    (3) A stop lamp complying with the provisions of subregulation (1) may be incorporated in a rear lamp fitted to a
    motor vehicle in terms of regulation 168.
    Number plate lamps
    170. (1) No person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle, other than a tractor, unless it is fitted with at
    least one number-plate lamp at the rear, illuminating the number plate or identification card by means of a white
    light which shall make every letter and figure of such plate or card plainly distinguishable from a distance of at
    least 20 metres by a person of normal eyesight: Provided that a number plate lamp need not be kept lighted on a
    motor vehicle parked on a public road.
    (2) The beam of light of a number-plate lamp shall not be directed to the rear.
    Side-marker lamps
    171. (1) A motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles may, but a breakdown vehicle shall, be fitted with
    side-marker lamps along each side which, when in operation, shall emit a diffused yellow light: Provided that the
    side marker lamp furthest forward on the motor vehicle, combination of motor vehicles or breakdown vehicle,
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    on a motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles or breakdown vehicle, when in operation, may emit a
    diffused red or amber light.
    (2) Such side-marker lamps shall be so placed that--
    a. there is a lamp within 400 millimetres of each end of the body of each vehicle;
    the distance between successive lamps on any motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles is not more
    than three comma six metres;
    b.
    c. they are not less than 300 millimetres from the ground; and
    they face directly outwards from the side to which they are fitted in a direction at right angles to the
    longitudinal centre-line of the vehicle to which they are fitted.
    d.
    Interior lamps
    172. A lamp emitting a diffused light may be provided on any motor vehicle for the purpose of illuminating the
    interior, including the instrument panel thereof, or any entrance thereto.
    Lamp illuminating notice on motor vehicle
    173. (1) A lamp illuminating a notice relating to the destination of a motor vehicle or its availability for hire may be
    fitted to any motor vehicle.
    (2) A lamp illuminating a notice or token indicating the use of a motor vehicle as an ambulance, blood transfusion
    service, fire-fighting, police, traffic-control vehicle or a patrol service vehicle of the Automobile Association, may
    be fitted to such vehicle.
    Decorating lamps
    174. A lamp, other than a spot lamp, may be fitted to a motor vehicle taking part in a procession for the purpose
    of decorating it.
    Reversing lamps
    175. (1) A motor vehicle may be fitted with a reversing lamp emitting a white light, which illuminates the road to
    the rear of, or under the vehicle.
    (2) Such a lamp shall be under the direct control of the driver and shall be either so fitted as to operate only when
    the motor vehicle is placed in reverse gear or be connected with a device by which the driver shall be made
    aware that the lamp is in operation.
    (3) Not more than two such lamps shall be fitted to a vehicle and no light shall be emitted therefrom except when
    the vehicle is reversing or about to reverse.
    Identification lamps
    176. (1) A bus or a goods vehicle, the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 3 500 kilograms, and which is not a
    motor vehicle referred to in subregulation (2), (3) or (5), may be fitted above the windscreen with two or more
    identification lamps and each such lamp shall--
    a. not exceed a capacity of 21 Watts;
    b. be visible from directly in front of the motor vehicle to which it is fitted; and
    c. emit a green or amber light.
    (2) An ambulance, fire-fighting or rescue vehicle may be fitted with a lamp or lamps emitting an
    intermittently-flashing red light in any direction.
    (3) (a) Subject to paragraph (b), no person shall operate a motor vehicle fitted with, or in or on which is
    displayed, a lamp or lamps emitting a blue light or capable of emitting a blue light.
    The provisions of paragraph (a) does not apply to a motor vehicle operated by a member of the Service or a
    member of a municipal police service, both as defined in section 1 of the South African Police Service Act,
    1995 (Act No. 68 of 1995), or a traffic officer, or a member of the South African Defence Force authorised in
    terms of section 87(1)(g) of the Defence Act, 1957 (Act No. 44 of 1957) to perform police functions, in the
    execution of his or her duties.
    b.
    A motor vehicle referred to in paragraph (b) may be fitted with a lamp or lamps emitting an
    intermittently-flashing--
    c.
    i. blue light;
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    iv. blue, amber and red light,
    in any direction which may, at the will of the driver, display the word "stop".
    (4) A motor vehicle which is--
    a. a vehicle employed in connection with the maintenance of public road;
    b. engaged in the distribution and supply of electricity;
    c. engaged in the supply of other essential public services;
    d. operated in terms of the authority granted by the MEC in terms of section 81 of the Act;
    e. a breakdown vehicle;
    f. a refuse compactor vehicle;
    g. a vehicle carrying an abnormal load and the vehicle escorting it if any,
    may, but a breakdown vehicle shall, be fitted with a lamp or lamps capable of emitting an
    intermittently-flashing amber light in any direction: Provided that such lamp shall only be used at the
    place where the breakdown occurred, where the maintenance or other work or an inspection is being
    carried out, when such breakdown vehicle is towing a motor vehicle, or in the event of a vehicle
    carrying an abnormal load.
    (5) A motor vehicle used by a medical practitioner may be fitted above the windscreen with one lamp emitting an
    intermittently flashing red light in any direction: Provided that such light may only be used by such medical
    practitioner in the bona fide exercise of his or her profession.
    (6) A vehicle driven by a person while he or she is engaged in civil protection as contemplated in section 3 of the
    Civil Protection Act, 1977 (Act No. 67 of 1977), may be fitted with a lamp or lamps emitting an
    intermittently-flashing green light in any direction.
    Use of spot lamp
    177. No person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle if it is fitted with a spot lamp, which can be so
    adjusted as to enable a beam of light emitted therefrom to be deflected in any direction: Provided that a spot
    lamp which is adjustable--
    may be fitted and used for official purposes on any ambulance, rescue-, fire-fighting-, police-, or
    traffic-control vehicle;
    a.
    may be fitted to a vehicle owned by a medical practitioner or veterinarian, and used in the execution of such
    person's professional duties; or
    b.
    may be fitted to a breakdown vehicle or a vehicle employed in connection with the supply of electricity or
    other public essential services: Provided that it is used solely at the scene of an accident or breakdown or
    for the examination of overhead telephone, telegraph or power lines.
    c.
    Lamps on pedal cycle
    178. (1) A pedal cycle may be fitted in front with a lamp emitting a white light, the intense part of the beam of
    which shall, when such pedal cycle is on a reasonably level road, strike the surface ahead of such pedal cycle at
    a distance of not less than three metres and not more than 30 metres.
    (2) A pedal cycle may be fitted with one or more lamps emitting a red light directly to the rear.
    Lamps on animal drawn vehicles
    179. (1) Subject to subregulation (2), no person shall operate on a public road an animal drawn vehicle unless it
    is fitted in front on both sides of the body thereof, with lamps emitting a white light forward, and at the rear on
    both sides of the body thereof, with lamps emitting a red light to the rear: Provided that in the case of a vehicle
    drawn by animals not controlled by reins, there shall be a person who leads the animals while he or she is
    carrying a lamp which emits a white light forward at the head of the foremost animal, in lieu of the lamps emitting
    a white light forward and a red light to the rear.
    (2) The provisions of this regulation shall only apply if the vehicle referred to in subregulation (1) is used between
    sunset and sunrise and any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable weather conditions,
    persons and vehicles upon the public road are not clearly visible at a distance of 150 metres.
    Lamps on unspecified vehicles
    180. (1) No person shall operate on a public road a vehicle, other than a perambulator, baby cart or child's play
    vehicle, and which is not elsewhere provided for in regulations 157 to 184, between sunset and sunrise and any
    other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable weather conditions, persons and vehicles upon the
    public road are not clearly visible at a distance of 150 metres--National Road Traffic Regulations - Chapter 6 http://www.transport.gov.za/library/...999/roadregs06...
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    a. unless it is fitted in front on both sides of the body thereof, with lamps emitting a white light forward; and
    unless it is fitted at the rear on the extreme right side of the body thereof, with a lamp emitting a red light to
    the rear.
    b.
    (2) A lamp contemplated in subregulation (1)(a) shall emit a beam of light of sufficient power to illuminate the
    roadway immediately ahead of such vehicle but shall not be of such power or design or so fitted as to cause a
    dangerous glare to oncoming traffic on a reasonably level road.
    Colour of lights
    181. (1) Subject to the provisions of regulation 170(1), 171(1), 172, 175 or 176, no person shall operate on a
    public road a motor vehicle which is fitted with or carries on it a lamp which--
    except in the case of a brake anti-lock warning light to the front of a trailer, emits a light which is not white,
    amber or yellow in colour towards the front;
    a.
    b. emits a light which is not yellow or amber in colour towards either side of the motor vehicle; or
    except in the case of a direction indicator or reversing lamp complying with the provisions of these
    regulations, emits a light which is not red in colour towards the rear.
    c.
    (2) When two or more lamps of the same class emitting light in the same direction are fitted to a vehicle they
    shall emit light of the same colour.
    Certain lamps to emit diffused lights
    182. Every lamp fitted to a vehicle, other than the head lamps of a motor vehicle, the front lamp of a pedal cycle,
    spot lamp and fog lamp, shall emit diffused light when in operation on a public road.
    Lamps to emit steady light
    183. Unless otherwise provided elsewhere in these regulations, a lamp fitted to any vehicle shall emit a steady
    light when in operation: Provided that an ambulance, rescue vehicle, fire-fighting vehicle, a motor vehicle
    operated by a traffic officer in the execution of his or her duties, or a motor vehicle operated by a member of the
    Service or a member of a municipal police service, both as defined in section 1 of the South African Police
    Service Act, 1995 (Act No. 68 of 1995) in the execution of his or her duties, may be equipped with a device which
    enables the driver of such vehicle to operate the vehicle's head lamps in such a manner that they flash
    intermittently.
    Manner in which lamps to be fitted and maintained
    184. (1) The head lamps of a motor vehicle shall be fitted--
    at a height of not less than 450 millimetres and not more than one comma four metres above ground level,
    measured to the centre of the lamp; and
    a.
    b. not more than 500 millimetres behind the front-end of the vehicle.

    (2) The head lamps and fog lamps of a motor vehicle shall, unless the design of the lamps incorporates some
    other means of preventing a dangerous glare to oncoming traffic, not be fitted with lenses of clear glass or other
    like material.
    (3) When two or more of the same lamps are fitted to a vehicle they shall--
    a. be placed symmetrically in relation to the longitudinal centerline of the vehicle; and
    except in the case of side marker lamps and direction-indicator lamps, be so placed that any lamp on the
    side of the vehicle concerned shall have a corresponding lamp at the same height on the other side of such
    vehicle.
    b.
    (4) Every lamp required to be fitted to a vehicle shall be securely fixed.
    (5) The lens and reflector of every lamp required to be fitted to or used in connection with any vehicle shall be
    maintained in an effective and reasonably clean condition.
    (6) No lamp required to be fitted to or displayed in connection with a vehicle shall be totally or partially obscured
    by any fitting or object on the vehicle.
    Lamps not prescribed or authorised, prohibited
    185. No lamp other than a lamp prescribed or authorised in terms of these regulations shall at any time be fitted
    to any vehicle operated on a public road
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    A traffic officer does have the right to arrest a person. They actually have to write exams that are also written by SAPS.

    Arresting a driver for "Unroadworthy Vehicle" sounds a little suspicious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIG View Post
    Hi
    can anyone help with some info regarding the legality of having an LED bar light mounted on the nudge bar of a vehicle. a friend of mine was arrested last night by a traffic official, was taken to the SAPS and spent the night in jail. the traffic official also removed his licence disk from his vehicle and was told to take the vehicle again for road worthy . according to the traffic official the vehicle had more than six lights , this was after he counted every LED also as a light.
    this happened in KZN matubatuba on the way to St Lucia.
    In terms of the Road Traffic Act, its Regulations and the SABS codes for roadworthiness, these lights are illegal and your vehicle is unroadworthy if fitted to it.

    What would be interesting to know is why he was arrested. Because of an unroadworthy vehicle or because he did something or said something after he was pulled over ?

    There is also an interesting option open to him if he bought the lights from a South African supplier or fitment centre .....

    The South African Consumer Protection Act did away with the provisions of caveat emptor, where the buyer had to make sure of all the facts and implications pertaining to a product he intended to buy. The onus is now on the seller to inform the buyer of all the implications.

    Your friend should speak to a lawyer as he might be able to claim compensation for this mishap if the seller/fitment centre did not inform him that it was illegal to fit these lights to his vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capone View Post
    Sandman, do you know how or whether the Traffic Act makes provision for day time running lamps, especially LED? One sees a lot of cars nowadays with LED daytime lights and in many (like the Benz), you can very clearly see a large number of individual LEDs?
    This is what the Regulations have to say about them :

    161A. (1) Any motor vehicle, except a trailer, may be fitted with daytime running lamps.
    (2) Daytime running lamps shall be fitted--
    1. not less than 250 millimetres or more than one comma five metres above the ground level; and
    2. towards the front of the motor vehicle in such a manner that the light emitted from such lamp does not cause discomfort to the driver of the motor vehicle, either directly or indirectly through any of the rear-view mirrors or any other reflecting surfaces of the vehicle.
    (3) Daytime running lamps shall be connected in such a manner--
    1. that the rear position lamps are on at the same time as the daytime running lamps; and
    2. that they switch off automatically when the head lamps are switched on, except when the headlamps are used to give intermittent luminous warnings at short intervals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hylton View Post
    I do not have a clue re the law on this but find it very strange that he was arrested.
    Ignorance is not bliss .......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman9988 View Post
    Now the question is why are retailers allowed to sell illegal lights, or at least not make you sign an indemnity that these LED light bars can only be used off road?
    Now THAT is a pertinent question !

    They are in contravention of the Consumer Protection Act as far as I am aware. If they did not inform you about it in writing, you should be able to institute legal proceedings against them.

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    My car currently have 2 lights at the front.
    Both capable of emmiting a main and dipped beam.

    One light count as 2 lamps bacause it has 2 functions(dim and bright), eventhough there is only one physical lamp inside. Should a lightbar with one fuction not then also count as one lamp? Lets say a spotlight has 4 leds. It is one enclosed unit with one function.

    I understand the amount of lamps set out in the act. I also understand the prescribed location. I just do not understand what is meant by a lamp. Is one led = one lamp?

    Technically, its not even a lamp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaco L View Post
    My car currently have 2 lights at the front.
    Both capable of emmiting a main and dipped beam.

    One light count as 2 lamps bacause it has 2 functions(dim and bright), eventhough there is only one physical lamp inside. Should a lightbar with one fuction not then also count as one lamp? Lets say a spotlight has 4 leds. It is one enclosed unit with one function.

    I understand the amount of lamps set out in the act. I also understand the prescribed location. I just do not understand what is meant by a lamp. Is one led = one lamp?

    Technically, its not even a lamp.
    In your case it is one lamp capable of emitting a main beam and a low beam. Normally only one beam is emitted at a time.

    This is the relevant section in the Regulations :

    (3) The main-beam and dipped-beam of a head lamp fitted to a motor vehicle first registered on or after 1 January 2002, shall comply with the requirements of standard specification SABS 1046 "Motor vehicle safety specification for lights and light signalling devices installed on motor vehicles and trailers", and standard specification SABS 1376 "Lights for motor vehicles", Part 2: "Head lights".
    Main-beam
    160. Every head lamp emitting a main-beam of light shall be so adjusted and maintained that--
    1. it shall be capable of adequately illuminating an area ahead of the motor vehicle concerned enabling the driver to see any person, vehicle or substantial object at a distance of at least 100 metres ahead; and
    2. it can be extinguished by the use of a device which simultaneously shall cause or allow the dipped-beam of light to be emitted or continue to be emitted from a head lamp.
    LED lightbars can be classed as illegal for a number of reasons. i.e they are made up of a number of separate lamps, each with its own reflector and lens. Many of them have no means of diffusing the light so as to prevent dazzle, they are not the same intensity as the vehicle's main beams, etc, etc

    This is the relevant section out of the SABS code :

    5.59.2 Headlamps

    Reject if
    a) the centre of any headlamp is less than 450mm or more than 1.4m from ground level, or more than 500mm behind the front end of the vehicle, or
    c) there are more than three headlamps or more than one dipped-beam headlamp on each side of the longitudinal centre-line of the vehicle, or
    e) headlamps are not of similar intensity, or
    h) any lamp is fitted with a lens of clear material, unless the lens has other means of preventing dazzle, or ...

    Please note that these lights are not illegal because they have LED's. The same principle would apply if they had a multitude of halogen globes each with its own reflector and lens.

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    Ah, It makes some sence yes. Thanks.
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    I also read a post a while ago on the Wegry Forum that your vehicle may not have any sort of spotlights in Namibia.
    True?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kampi01 View Post
    I also read a post a while ago on the Wegry Forum that your vehicle may not have any sort of spotlights in Namibia.
    True?
    Not correct .....

    The Namibian roadregs are the same as the South African roadregs.

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    LED lightbars can be classed as illegal for a number of reasons. i.e they are made up of a number of separate lamps, each with its own reflector and lens. Many of them have no means of diffusing the light so as to prevent dazzle, they are not the same intensity as the vehicle's main beams, etc, etc
    The deflector thing, I think head lights and spot lights get confused here.
    Before my LED Spotlights I had normal Hela Spots on my bakkie. They also did not have any deflector in it and they also were way brighter than my bakkie's head lights. Also the Lightforce spotlights, they have normal globes in (ie. not LED) they are like ten times brighter than my bakkie's head lights and have no deflector.

    So why is a normal spotlight with no deflector and which is brighter than the vehicle's head lights legal and a LED with the same properties are illegal?

    A Hella LED Spot has 3 LEDs in each light, that means that if you fit a set of Hella LED spots you just fitted 6 extra lights to your car? Wonder if they are less bright than the head lights.

    Another question, if spotlights may not be brighter than the head lights, what is the use of fitting spotlights?
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    I may be wrong but spotlights that are "illegal" must be covered when travelling on public roads.

    Would this not apply to LED lightbars as well.

    From what I have seen most people dive around with the lightbars uncovered, making them usable at any time and thus illegal.
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