Being a good driver doesn’t just mean being safe on the road, it also means knowing all the legal requirements that involve your car, from inspections to registration to all the different certificates you might need. Think you know exactly what’s going on with your car? Then check out our test: The 10 Terms and Definitions Every Driver Should Know!
Don’t forget to keep track of your score. After you’ve decided on an answer, hit the plus sign to find out the correct answer!
a) a licence to learn how to drive
b) a licence that says you know the theory of driving
c) a licence that lets you drive a car alone
Technically a learner’s licence simply certifies that you know the theory of driving. You’ll need to take a test that covers the laws of the road as well as some basic car vocabulary, and once you’ve passed this test you’ll get a learner’s licence and will then be allowed to go ahead and take some driving lessons. If you answered B give yourself the full 10 points. If you answered A, you were close to correct (though B is more correct!) so have 5 points. If you answered C, 0 points, since a learner’s licence does not let you drive a car alone, you still must have a qualified driver in the car with you.
a) a one time only certificate that says your vehicle is safe to drive on the road
b) an annual certificate that says your vehicle is safe to drive on the road
c) an annual certificate that says your tyres are safe for driving on the road
Whenever you buy a car you will be required to get a roadworthy certificate from a mechanic that says the car is safe on the road before you can get a licence for that car. This is a one time only deal, and a roadworthy certificate is only necessary when a car changes ownership. If you said A you get 10 points! For B, close but not quite, so have 5 points. If you said C, 0 points, since a roadworthy certificate is a certificate of mechanical safety, not about tyre safety!
a) a certificate that says you pay taxes on a vehicle
b) an annual certificate that says you or a financing institution own a vehicle
c) a one time only certificate that says you own a vehicle
This is a tough one! A licence disc is a certificate that says that you own a vehicle and are responsible for it, UNLESS you car is financed, in which case the title holder will be whoever financed your car. Basically, a licence disc just says that you are legally responsible for the vehicle and can drive it. Licence disc renewal is annual, meaning you need a new one every year! If you answered A, 0 points for you, since a licence disc is about ownership. If you answered B, have the full 10 points. If you answered C, have 5 points, but don’t forget to renew your disc every year!
a) a week
b) three weeks
c) a month
The meaning of a change of ownership form is pretty self explanatory, since it’s simply a form that says that a vehicle has changed hands. However, you do have to file this form in a timely fashion. How long do you have? Twenty one days. If you answered A, have 5 points (since you’ll get the job done and won’t pay any fines!). B is correct, so have 10 points. If you answered C, 0 points, since you’ll be late and have some hefty fines to pay!
a) when it's been stolen
b) when it's been permanently destroyed
c) when it's no longer roadworthy and cannot be driven
No matter what your answer, have 10 points! In any of the three above cases you will need to de-register your vehicle (this simply makes you car registration invalid) since you no longer want to be responsible legally for a car that can’t be driven or won’t be driven by you!
a) a place where vehicles are tested for safety
b) a place where vehicles are tested for roadworthiness
c) a place where vehicles are tested for speed
A vehicle testing station is a place that is registered with the government and is able to test cars and issue a certificate of roadworthiness. Only registered vehicle testing stations can do this, not just any mechanic! If you answered A, 5 points, since you’re half right! B is correct, so 10 points. C is not correct at all, there are no speed tests, so 0 points.
a) a driving learner's testing centre
b) a driving law training committee
c) a driving licence testing centre
DLTC is the official abbreviation for a driving licence testing centre, where you can apply for a learner’s permit or driving licence, take tests for both of these, and renew your driving licence. If you said A, 5 points (almost right!). For B, 0 points! For C, great job, 10 points!
a) transport passengers
b) transport dangerous goods
c) transport any kind of goods
Again, 10 points for everyone! A Professional Driving Permit allows you to do all of the above, and is required (as well as a normal driving licence) to do pretty much anything other than just driving a regular car. You might want to keep that in mind if you’re thinking about being an Uber driver, for example!>
a) three months
b) six months
c) a year
If your driving licence has been lost or stolen, or if your licence has expired and you’re applying for a new one, you might need a temporary driver’s licence so that you can drive while your real licence is being prepared. A temporary driving licence is valid for six months. If you said A, have 5 points (at least you won’t be breaking any laws). If you said B, great work, 10 points. If you said C, 0 points, because you’ll end up in trouble!
a) the National Traffic Information System
b) the National Transport Information System
c) the National Technology Information System
eNaTIS is the National Traffic Information System, which holds info about all kinds of traffic related things. Most importantly eNaTIS registers every vehicle on South African roads, along with details about the ownership of each vehicle. So, if you said A, 10 points. If you said B, 5 points (close!). If you said C, 0 points.
How did you do? Add up all your points and take a look below!
75-100 Points: Excellent work, you’re a true pro! We’d be happy to take you to the DLTC with us (in fact, we suspect that you might work there).
50-74 Points: Not bad, some of those acronyms can get a bit tricky. You might want to brush up a bit on your vocab before heading down to the DLTC though!
25-49 Points: Hmm, there’s definitely some room for improvement here. Maybe you should go back and review the correct answers a little, you don’t want to make any mistakes that could get you into trouble!
0-24 Points: How can we put this…? It might be time for you to go back to driving school and get on top of all these terms and definitions. Remember, failing to fill in the right paperwork or get the right certificates can mean that you end up paying expensive fines, and nobody wants to be out of pocket!
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