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