Is your vehicle roadworthy?

Regardless of where you choose to insure your vehicle, you may be surprised to find that roadworthiness is not only a legal requirement, but is also a pre-requisite for taking out a motor insurance policy. If you read your policy wording, you’ll notice that insurance companies are not obliged to meet any insurance claims should your vehicle be deemed unroadworthy.

Up to 80% of cars are unroadworthy in the Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal, according to a study by the National Vehicle Testing Association. Unroadworthy cars have also been attributed to the cause of up to 9% of all car accidents.

Click here to read the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996). This is the official list of rules that determine whether a vehicle is roadworthy. It's quite a lengthy read, be sure to utlise the side menu and skip arrows to reach the section for which you require more information.

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SAU PUBLISHED: October 2017