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SA Driving Licence Codes Guide

In South Africa, driving licences are issued with various codes that indicate the types of vehicle that may be driven with that licence. To transport fare-paying passengers or tourists for a fee, you must have a professional driving permit (PrDP).

The classification, standardised throughout southern Africa, consists of the following groups of licences, based on the European Unified Driving Licence system:

A = MOTOR CYCLES
B = LIGHT MOTOR VEHICLES (UP TO 3 500 KG GVM)
C = HEAVY MOTOR VEHICLES
D = COMBINATIONS, INCLUDING ARTICULATED VEHICLES.

Note: Licence holders of Heavy motor vehicles automatically include permission to operate light motor vehicles. For example, a Code EC1 licence includes codes B, EB and C1.

The system makes a further distinction between rigid vehicles and rigid vehicles drawing trailers and articulated vehicles. An articulated vehicle is a vehicle which has a permanent or semi-permanent pivot joint in its construction, allowing the vehicle to turn more sharply but requiring more skill to manoeuvre. A rigid vehicle pulling a trailer only is occasionally not considered to be an articulated vehicle.

South African Driving licence codes explained:
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Code A – Motorcycles

A1: Motorcycles with an engine capacity of 125 cubic centimetres or less.

SA Driving Licence Code A1 – Motorcycles <125cc Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving licence codes A1
Any motorcycle up to an engine capacity under 125cc or electrically operated. Scooters, Mopeds with or without a sidecar falls into this category.

A: Motorcycles with an engine capacity greater than 125 cubic centimetres including Code A1 motorcycles.

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<p class= Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving licence codes ACode B – Light Motor Vehicles

B(a): Vehicles with a tare weight of 3 500 kilograms or less. A trailer with GVM of 750 kg or less may be attached. Also includes vehicles from codes A1 and A.

SA Driving Licence Code B(a) - Light Motor Vehicles Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving Licence Codes Ba
Vehicles (except motorcycles) with a tare weight of 3 500 kilograms or less; and minibuses, buses and goods vehicles with gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 3 500 kg or less. A trailer with GVM of 750 kg or less may be attached.

B(b): Special & service vehicles such as Ambulances with a tare weight of 3 500 kilograms or less. A trailer with GVM of 750 kg or less may be attached. Also includes vehicles from codes A1, A.

SA Driving Licence Code B(b) - Light Motor Vehicles Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving Licence Codes Bb
Special Vehicles including Ambulances, Garbage trucks etc. with tare weight of 3 500 kilograms or less. A trailer with GVM of 750 kg or less may be attached.

B(5): B ‘5’ endorsement only authorises the operation of tractors.

SA Driving Licence Code B(5) - Light Motor Vehicles Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving Licence Codes B5
No mass limit applies when operating a tractor with or without pulling a trailer.

B(7): B ‘7’ endorsement only authorises the operation of mobile machinery.

SA Driving Licence Code B(7) - Light Motor Vehicles Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving Licence Codes B7
No mass limit applies when operating mobile machinery such as forklifts, earth moving machines, etc.

Code C – Heavy Motor Vehicles

C1: Vehicles with tare weight between 3 500 kg and 16 000 kg with or without a trailer of up to 750 kg. Also includes vehicles from codes A1, A and B.

SA Driving Licence Code C1 - Heavy Motor Vehicles Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving Licence Codes C1
Vehicles with a tare weight between 3 500 kg and 16 000 kg; minibuses, buses and goods vehicles with GVM between 3 500 kg and 16 000 kg. A trailer with GVM of 750 kg or less may be attached. A special C1 ‘4’ endorsement authorises the driving of buses over 16000kg.

C: Buses and goods vehicles with a GVM greater than 16 000 kg with or without a trailer of up to 750 kg. Also includes vehicles from codes A1, A, B & C1.

SA Driving Licence Code C - Heavy Motor Vehicles Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving Licence Codes C
Buses and goods vehicles with a GVM greater than 16 000 kg. A trailer with a GVM of 750 kg or less may be attached.

Code D – Combinations & Articulated Vehicles

EB: Light articulated vehicles of 3 500 kg or less and vehicles allowed by Code B but with a trailer with GVM greater than 750 kg. Also includes vehicles from codes A1, A, B.

SA Driving Licence Code EB - Light Articulated Vehicles Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving Licence Codes EB
Articulated vehicles with a gross combination mass (GCM) of 3 500 kg or less; and vehicles allowed by Code B but with a trailer with GVM greater than 750 kg.

EC1(a): Articulated vehicles with A GCM of between 3 500 kg and 16 000 kg. Also includes vehicles from codes A1, A, B, C1 & EB.

SA Driving Licence Code EC1(A) - Articulated Vehicles 3500-16000 kg Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving Licence Codes EC1a
Articulated vehicles with a GCM between 3 500 kg and 16 000 kg.

EC1(b): Rigid vehicles with a GCM of between 3 500 kg and 16 000 kg including vehicles allowed by Code C1 but with a trailer with GVM greater than 750 kg. Also includes vehicles from codes A1, A, B, C1 & EB.

SA Driving Licence Code EC1(b) - Rigid Vehicles 3500-16000 kg with a trailer Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving Licence Codes EC1b
Rigid vehicles with GCM between 3 500 kg and 16 000 kg including vehicles allowed by Code C1 but with a trailer with GVM greater than 750 kg.

EC(a): Articulated vehicles with a GCM of greater than 16 000 kg. Also includes vehicles from codes A1, A, B, EB, C1, C & EC1.

SA Driving Licence Code EC(a) - Articulated Vehicles greater than 16000 kg Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving Licence Codes ECa
Articulated vehicles with GCM greater than 16 000 kg.

EC(b): Rigid vehicles with a GCM greater than 16 000 kg; and vehicles allowed by Code C but with a trailer with GVM greater than 750 kg. Also includes vehicles from codes A1, A, B, EB, C1, C & EC1.

SA Driving Licence Code EC(b) - Rigid Vehicles greater than 16000 kg with trailer Driving Licence SA Driving Licence Codes Guide Driving Licence Codes ECb
Rigid vehicles with a GCM greater than 16 000 kg; and vehicles allowed by Code C but with a trailer with GVM greater than 750 kg.

This guide along with all diagram images has been published with appreciation and acknowledgement to DriveIt.co.za