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Type of Drivers Licenses in South Africa

Types of Drivers Licenses in South Africa

CodeVehicle classesIncludes
Motorcycles
A1Motorcycles with an engine capacity of 125 cubic centimetres or less
AMotorcycles with an engine capacity greater than 125 ccCode A1
Light motor vehicles
BVehicles (except motorcycles) with 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.
EBArticulated vehicles with 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.Code B
Heavy motor vehicles
C1In 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).Code B
CBuses and goods vehicles with GVM greater than 16 000 kg. A trailer with GVM of 750 kg or less may be attached.Codes B and C1
EC1Articulated vehicles with GCM between 3 500 kg and 16 000 kg; and vehicles allowed by Code C1 but with a trailer with GVM greater than 750 kg.Codes B, EB and C1
ECArticulated vehicles with GCM greater than 18 000 kg; and vehicles allowed by Code C but with a trailer with GVM greater than 750 kg.Codes B, EB, C1, C and EC1
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