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Road Traffic Act: Regulations Amended to Include Microdot Identifiers

March 13, 2012

Department of Transport

Regulations made under Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 have been amended to provide for microdot identifiers.

The amendments can be found in notice R209 of Government Gazette 35130 dated 9 March 2012 and are immediately effective.

They require microdot identifiers to be fitted to the following motor vehicles:

• those registered for the first time in South Africa on or after 1 September 2012; and
• those requiring clearance by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The regulations also set out procedures to be followed when applying for SAPS clearance.

These include:

• steps to be followed by a member of the SAPS when examining a motor vehicle presented for clearance; and
• the responsibilities of registering authorities regarding the storage of microdot identifier information.

In terms of the amendments, microdot identifiers must comply with the requirements of standard specification SANS 534-1 (microdot systems used in vehicle marking for security purposes).

The amended regulations also require that − notwithstanding provisions contained in the standards specifications − information on the manufacturer, supplier and installer of a vehicle’s microdot identifier should be stored on the national information system (NaTIS).