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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply knowledge of road traffic legislation pertaining to traffic officers, road users and vehicles 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256527  Apply knowledge of road traffic legislation pertaining to traffic officers, road users and vehicles 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Traffic,Traffic-Related,L.Government Law Enfor 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  14 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The purpose of this standard is to ensure that learners understand and are able to apply the legislation directly pertaining to the work of a traffic officer. This legislation forms the basis of a traffic officer's training; without knowledge of this legislation traffic officer cannot perform his/her activities. This standard, together with the standard entitled 'Demonstrate an understanding of the legislative framework for traffic law enforcement' at NQF Level 4 will give the learner the necessary legal grounding in traffic law enforcement.

Learners credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and the general definitions in the legislation pertaining to officers, road users and vehicles.
  • Apply the legal requirements in respect of vehicles and drivers.
  • Apply legislation and procedures regarding roadworthiness of vehicles.
  • Apply legislation pertaining to the controlling of operators as defined in the National Roads Transport Act.
  • Enforce the rules of the road.
  • Identify offences for which presumptions must be used. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • The Unit Standard "Demonstrate an understanding of the legislative framework for traffic law enforcement" at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and the general definitions in the legislation pertaining to traffic officers, road users and vehicles. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Legislation refers to the Road Traffic Act and the National Road Traffic Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the purpose, scope and principles of the legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the importance of the definitions in terms of the role of a traffic officer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the powers and duties of a traffic officer. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply the legal requirements in respect of vehicles and drivers. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The legal requirements refers but is not limited to registration and licensing, change of ownership of vehicles, special permits, temporary permits, motor trade numbers, vehicles exempt from registration and licensing, drivers and learners licences and instructors certificate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the difference between vehicles that must be registered and those that must be licensed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the legislative requirements pertaining to the use of permits and trade numbers. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Permits include temporary and special permits.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the learners and driving licence requirements as determined by legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The explanation should include licence categories.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The documents and licences required from a driver or owner of a vehicle are validated so as to ensure legal compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Vehicle classification is authenticated against that of the vehicle licence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Drivers requiring professional driving permits are identified in order to ensure legal compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Appropriate action is instituted where the requirements of registration and licensing are not complied with. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    This includes but is not limited to violations of registration and licensing regulations and violation of legislation pertaining to license categories.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply legislation and procedures regarding roadworthiness of vehicles. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    This includes but is not limited to roadworthy requirements, dimensions and loads on vehicles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the definitions and terminology used for loads. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes but is not limited to dimensions, projections, passenger carrying vehicles, seating capacity and manufacturer's specifications.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Un-roadworthy vehicles and the vehicles that require roadworthy certificates are identified under working conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Un-roadworthy vehicles are dealt with according to standard operating procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    This includes issuing a suspension note, registering of a criminal case against the offender, issuing a fine and making allowance for the rectification of a load so that the vehicle can continue on its journey.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply legislation pertaining to the controlling of operators as defined in the National Roads Transport Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the provision in the legislation that applies to operators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A description is given of the duties of an operator. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Vehicles are identified which operator legislation applies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Offender operators are prosecuted in terms of the law. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Enforce the rules of the road. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the meaning and rules of road traffic signs, signals and markings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Offenders of road traffic signs, signals and markings are dealt with in terms of the law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of the circumstances in which rules of the road can be disobeyed by a traffic officer. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Identify offences for which presumptions must be used. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The presumptions are based on but not limited to the owner of vehicle, the traffic officer and public roads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The application of a presumption is justified within the law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    References to presumptions are recorded on charge sheets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Presumption is applied in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An explanation is given of the purpose and different types of presumption. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The relevant sections and regulations of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93/1996).
  • Identifying offenders and offences.
  • Standard operating procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Enforcing the rules of the road.
  • Instituting action against offenders. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • The application of legislation pertaining to road usage.
  • The prosecution Traffic law enforcement. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Assessing the nature of an offence.
  • Instituting action against offenders. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • The determining of punishment for a contravention. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Preparing and maintaining legal records. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  62289   Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Traffic Law Enforcement  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  80047   National Certificate: Road Safety Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  65490   National Certificate: Arboriculture: Tree Preservation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. CITY OF JOHANNESBURG METROPOLITAN POLICE : FIREARM SERVICES 
    2. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS 
    3. ENB Training Service(PTY)Ltd 
    4. Josmap Training Institute 
    5. Legal Environment Safety & Health Requirements cc 
    6. Mangaung Traffic Training College 
    7. PORT ELIZABETH TRAFFIC COLLEGE 
    8. Skills for All (POTCHEFSTROOM) (TP) 
    9. Training at Work (Pty) Ltd 
    10. Tshwane Leadership & Management Academy/Tshwane Metro Police 
    11. TSHWANE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT ACADEMY 



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