Illegal street racing has been a debatable topic for many years - ever so now and then the topic enjoy higher media coverage when something goes bad. Take for example the Capetonian man who lost both his legs during an

illegal street race on the N1 highway in Cape Town a couple of weeks ago.

In the latest news, an illegal street racer who wants to remain anonymous said: "the authorities want us to go to Killarney, but we want to race on a flat and straight surface and the N1 is the perfect road for that."

What does the law say about Racing and Sport on public roads?

1) For the purposes of this regulation the expression "race

or sport" includes -

(a) any race, speed trial, reliability trial, hill climbing competition or sports meeting; or

(b) any other activity whatsoever -

(i) which may constitute a source of danger to traffic; or

(ii) which may hamper, impede or disrupt the normal flow of traffic.

2) No person shall organize or take part in any race or sport on a public road, unless the prior written consent of the MEC of the province concerned has been obtained or, where the race or sport will take place wholly within the area of jurisdiction of a local authority, the prior written consent of such local authority has been obtained.

3) In granting consent, the MEC or the local authority concerned, as the case may be, may -

(a) in addition to any requirement prescribed in these regulations, impose such further conditions as he or she or it may deem expedient;

(b) exempt any person concerned with the race or sport for the duration thereof -

(i) from any provision of the Act regarding any speed limit or determine another speed limit for the road concerned;

(ii) from any other provision of the Act or from any by-law; or

(c) levy fees for defraying the expenses incurred by the Provincial Administration or local authority concerned in connection with the race or sport.

4) Any consent granted may be withdrawn at any time."",


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