In South Africa, learner drivers are required by law to be accompanied by a licensed driver when operating a vehicle. If a learner driver is caught driving alone without a licensed driver, they can face legal consequences and penalties. The specific penalties may vary depending on the province and the circumstances of the offense, but generally, the following consequences may apply:
- Traffic Fine: The learner driver may receive a traffic fine for driving without a licensed driver. The amount of the fine can vary depending on the jurisdiction and may be subject to change over time.
- Demerit Points: South Africa has implemented a demerit point system to track traffic offenses. Driving alone as a learner driver without a licensed driver could result in demerit points being added to the learner’s driving record. Accumulating a certain number of demerit points within a specific period can lead to the suspension or cancellation of the learner’s license.
- Extension of Learner’s License Period: In some cases, authorities may extend the duration of the learner’s license before they are eligible to apply for a driver’s license. This extension serves as a penalty and additional time for the learner driver to gain more experience and adhere to the proper driving regulations.
It’s essential to comply with the learner driver requirements and regulations to ensure safety on the road and avoid legal consequences.