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Ever wondered how speed limits are set?

Specific speed limits that are not in line with the general speed limit for any particular road, is set by the municipality. The municipality will take various factors into account, like the road conditions and amount of pedestrian activity within the area.  

The National Road Traffic Act, specifically regulation 292, governs the general speed limits applicable to certain types of road.  These are:

  • 60 kilometres per hour in respect of every public road or a section thereof situated within an urban area;
  • 100 kilometres per hour in respect of every public road or section thereof other than a freeway outside an urban area; and
  • 120 kilometres in respect of every freeway.

These are the general speed limits that are applicable. However, where you see a road traffic sign indicating the minimum and maximum speed limit, you need to adhere to the set limit as road traffic signs take precedence over the general speed limit set. 

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