How are motorists and pedestrians permitted to make use of the pavement of a public road?
The National Road Traffic Act places a number of obligations on both the
motorist and the pedestrian when using a public road. The Act states that a pavement is a portion of a boundary intended for the
exclusive use of pedestrians, and therefore forbids motorists from parking on
the pavement of any public road.
The only time motorists can legally park on the
pavement is when there is a road traffic sign allowing them to do so. In addition to this particular prohibition, the Act also regulates the
responsibilities of pedestrians on the road and states the following:
- Whenever a pavement or path touches on the street of a public road, a pedestrian shall not walk on such a road except for the purpose of crossing from one side to the other.
- A pedestrian on a public road that has no pavement bordering on the road, shall walk as near as possible to the edge of the road on his or her right-hand side so as to face oncoming traffic.
- No pedestrian shall cross a public road without assuring themselves first that the road is suitably free from oncoming traffic, so that they can safely cross that road.
- When crossing a public road using a pedestrian crossing, the pedestrian shall not linger on the road but must proceed quickly and with caution.
- No pedestrian on a public road shall conduct themselves in such a manner that may endanger their well-being or that of other motorists.
- A pedestrian may cross a public road only at a pedestrian crossing, intersection
or at a distance further than 50 metres from such pedestrian crossing or