VINTAGE CARS AND SEAT BELTS
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.
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.