Emergency or Yellow Lane Driving Do’s & Dont’s
January 6, 2017
This is a topic that causes quite a few heated arguments in our car…what is allowed and what isn’t? Share this with your spouse, partner & buddies and put this argument to bed once and for all….
Here’s what the law states according to Regulation 298A of the National Road Traffic Act:
- Using the emergency lane as a “passing lane” on a freeway is not permitted at all.
- The emergency lane is to be used for emergencies only and is reserved for fire-fighting vehicles, emergency response vehicles, rescue vehicles and ambulances.
- You are permitted to use the emergency lane if you have a real emergency, such as if your car breaks down, if you are rushing to the hospital, or if you need to stop immediately because you are facing a medical emergency.
Single carriageway road:
- If you are travelling on a single carriageway road with one lane in each direction you are permitted to move into the emergency lane to allow faster moving cars to pass you.
- The Act however clearly states that if you are moving aside to allow vehicles to pass, you can only do so:
- During daytime hours. In other words between sunrise and sunset.
- You need to ensure that you have at least 150m of visibility ahead before you move over.
- Under no circumstances can you slip into the yellow line on a blind rise.
- If there is heavy rain, mist or fog that hampers visibility, the emergency lane is out of bounds – even on an open road. Ignoring this rule poses a great risk of hitting stationery vehicles, or worse, a pedestrians.
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