VIN­TAGE CARS AND SEAT BELTS

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Mo­tor­ing Edi­tor.

DEAR Sir/Madam,

I was pulled over by Town­hill SAPS out­side Grey’s Hos­pi­tal dur­ing a rou­tine check.

I was is­sued a fine for not wear­ing a seat belt, in spite of ex­plain­ing that the seat belt does not work. I do not con­done not us­ing a seat belt. My car is a Rolls Royce, reg­is­tered in 1975.

Does this now mean that all vin­tage car own­ers can­not drive their ve­hi­cles on public roads?

I would like to hear some thoughts from other vin­tage car own­ers.

Anony­mous.

Dear Anony­mous (and good luck with that anon­im­ity in a Rolls!),

The Vet­eran Sports Car Club in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg and the Vet­eran Car Club of South Africa both pointed to the Na­tional Road Traf­fic Act 93 of 1996, sec­tion 213 of which states all per­sons in any ve­hi­cle have to be re­strained, us­ing SABS-ap­proved belts, with all the bits and pieces in good work­ing or­der, on all the seats in the ve­hi­cle.

Some vin­tage car own­ers are con­fused by sec­tion 220, which ex­cempts cer­tain ve­hi­cles from cer­tain pro­vi­sions of sec­tion 213, and states in para­graph (3): “A mo­tor ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tured be­fore 1965 is ex­empt from any pro­vi­sions of this Part in so far as the fit­ment of the equip­ment re­quired in terms of this Part will al­ter the orig­i­nal de­sign and equip­ment of such mo­tor ve­hi­cle”.

Note that date — cars made be­fore 1965. So fit belts and wear them with pride.

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