Frequently Asked Questions

When is a Roadworthiness test or certificate required?

  1. On change of ownership of a vehicle (when you buy or sell a vehicle)
  2. For passenger carrying vehicles for reward, taxis are required to be tested annually, and buses every 6 months.
  3. Trucks with a GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) of more than 3500kg are required to be tested annually,buses are required to be tested every 6 months.

What is tested during a roadworthy test?

Firstly, the vehicle is identified through the engine, and chassis numbers; and then the electrical system is checked (lights, wiring, indicators etc), tyres; brakes, steering, transmission, body, fittings, windows and doors, windscreen, engine, exhaust system etc). A road test will also be undertaken by the vehicle examiner.

How long does the test take?

This answer only pertains to light motor vehicles like cars and bakkies. The test generally takes approximately 20 minutes for the test, and another 10 minutes for the paperwork. Should the vehicle pass, it will be declared roadworthy on the eNatis system immediately. Should the vehicle have defects, you will be given a list of faults to repair, and be required to resubmit the vehicle for a free re-test within 14 days.

What should a buyer receive from a seller on buying a car?

Original registration papers, a declaration or proof that this vehicle has previously been paid for in full and a receipt or agreement of sale.

What does it mean when a vehicle is purchased with a valid roadworthy certificate?

A roadworthy certificate is valid for a period of 2 months (since 29th July 2011, previously 6 months), and therefore a VALID roadworthy certificate means that the vehicle passed a roadworthiness test within the last 2 months. A vehicle may have driven many miles (or even parts have changed) between the time of the test and the purchase of the vehicle. Check the date of the test on the roadworthy certificate.

What is the buyer's responsibility?

 

Ensure that the vehicle and the relevant papers match. The new buyers has 21 days to transfer the vehicle onto his name without incurring any penalties.Remember new owners are so “in love”; with their vehicle at the time of purchase, that the obvious defects are ignored, until “buyer remorse” sets in and then they often wish to back out of the deal due to problems that they should have noticed when purchasing the vehicle.

What documentation is required to transfer a vehicle onto the name of a new owner?

  1. Original registration certificate
  2. ID of new owner
  3. Receipt or agreement of sale of vehicle
  4. Notice of Change of Ownership form
  5. Certification of Roadworthiness (remember that this is not an actual certificate, but a printout from the eNatis system that notifies that the vehicle has been declared roadworthy)
  6. Completed Blue RLV Form (Application for registration and licensing of motor vehicle)

What does it mean when a vehicle is purchased with a valid roadworthy certificate?

An affidavit has to be rendered by the new owner at any police station, declaring that this vehicle was honestly purchased, and that no papers were received with the vehicle, and that the previous owner cannot be traced to provide this information. In some cases a Police Clearance may also be required.

What should the vehicle owner do if the vehicle is currently scrapped?

In addition to obtaining a Roadworthy Certificate, the vehicle should obtain a weight certificate and also obtain a Police Clearance certificate. Remember, that the vehicle is unlicensed at this time, so a Temporary Licence is required.

As from 1st September 2012 Microdotting is required before a Clearance,will be issued by the Police.

When is a Police Clearance Certificate generally required?

  1. When the engine or chassis number of the vehicle differs from the number on the registration certificate (even if one digit is different).
  2. When a vehicle has previously been reported stolen and then recovered.
  3. When no documentation is received from the previous owner of the vehicle.
  4. NB: As from 1st September 2012, All vehicle requiring Police Clearance needs to have Microdots fitted.

Where is a Police Clearance Certificate obtainable?

Firstly, an RPC (Request for Police Clearance) form has to be obtained from any Registering authority; and this together with the microdotted vehicle has to be submitted for the clearance procedure at the SAPS Clearance Centre.The vehicle either needs to be presented with a valid vehicle licence or a temporary permit obtainable from the Registering Authority.

SAPS CLEARANCE CENTRE
c/o Labelle and Watt Road Stikland
Tel: (021) 945 3875

What is Microdotting?

Microdots are tiny (1mm) dots which have unique identification pin numbers that can be cross referenced to the vehicle identification numbers of a vehicle.Microdot fitment sees 10 000 dots fitted to a vechile on 50 different areas on the vehicle.None of the dots are affixed to the outside paintwork of the vehicle.

When is Microdotting required?

  • As from the 1st September 2012, all newly registered vehicle need to have microdots fitted.
  • From the same date, all vehicle requiring SAPS (Police) Clearance, will require Microdotting.

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