Confiscating Licenses


There have been incidents whereby traffic officers have confiscated licenses at roadblocks, is this legal and who may confiscate a license?


In terms of the National Road Traffic Act, a traffic officer does have the authority to demand your driverís license. Furthermore, the traffic officer does have the authority to impound the document, where he or she has reasonable belief that the license may have some evidentiary proof that there has been a violation of the National Road Traffic Act or any other legislation that deals with traffic laws.

No person is allowed to disobey the direction given by a traffic officer; alternatively any other person authorised to request the documentation. However, one should keep in mind that the authorities are not allowed to use force, threat (either physical / emotional or verbal), in order to compel you to comply with an instruction.

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