By Sanette Viljoen
A professional driver’s permit (better known as a PrDP) is required in South Africa if a person is driving on a public road while transporting goods, dangerous goods or passengers for an income. A PrBP is therefore required should you, for example, be the driver of public transport, a heavy motor vehicle, taxis, buses and tow-in vehicles.
Before 1998 this permit was called a public driver’s permit (PDP). After 1998 it was changed to professional driver’s permit. Unlike the old PDP, which was only required by drivers of public transport vehicles, the PrDP is also required by drivers employed by undertakings that transport their own goods.
Drivers of the following vehicles must have a licence card, endorsed with the applicable PrDP:
– heavy motor vehicles (code C1, C, EC1 and EC)
– tow-in vehicles
– a bus over 3 500 kg GVW (codes C1, C, EC1 and EC)
– a bus or minibus seating more than 12 passengers, including the driver- a taxi or any other vehicle that transports passengers for payment (excluding an ambulance)
– a vehicle transporting more than 12 people, including the driver, regardless of whether it has enough seats and regardless of its weight