Emergency Triangle Regulations

We supply emergency warning triangles throughout South Africa. Below please find information regarding the necessity of having an emergency warning triangle in your car. Every car should have a triangle in the boot of the car. If you have to stop for any reason on a busy road or highway, for your own safety and for the safety of other motorists, an emergency warning sign is necessary to prevent accidents and to prevent you being hurt.

The Government Gazette States the following:

Emergency warning signs (Triangles)

214     (1) No Person shall operate on a public road –

(a)a motor vehicle, except a motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle unless there is carried on such vehicle an emergency warning sign, which

(i)is a warning sign complying with the requirements of standard specifications SABS 1329 “retro-reflective and fluorescent Warning Signs for Road Vehicles”, Part 1: Triangles and
(ii)bears a certification mark: Provided that in case of a combination of motor vehicles, the emergency warning sign for every motor vehicle of such combination may be carried on the drawing vehicle.

(3) Where a motor vehicle is for any reason stationary on the roadway or the shoulder of a public road, the driver of such vehicle shall display or cause to be displayed at least two emergency warning signs in the manner contemplated in sub regulation (5).

(4) No person shall without lawful cause, remove or tamper with any emergency sign which is being displayed in accordance with provisions of this regulation.

(5) At least one emergency sign shall be displayed in the following manner:

(a)The sign shall be placed not less than 45 meters from the motor vehicle along the roadway of the public road concerned in the direction from which the traffic will approach such vehicle when traveling on the side of the roadway closest to such motor vehicle.
(b)The sign shall be placed approximately as far from the edge of the roadway as the transverse centre of the motor vehicle is from the edge of the roadway and;
(c) the reflective side of the sign shall face in the direction from which any traffic shall approach.

(6) The provisions of sub regulation (3) shall not apply where a motor vehicle is stationary-

(a) in a place where a road traffic sign authorizes the loading or unloading of a vehicle
(b) in compliance with any direction conveyed by a road traffic sign or given by a traffic officer;
(c) on account of other traffic on the public road concerned and while the driver occupies the driving seat of such motor vehicle; or
(d) in the course of events accompanying the carrying out of State or municipal function.

In a recent spate of checks done by traffic officials many motorists have been fined (R500) for not having a warning triangle in their vehicle.

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