Road Transport Act
Road Transport Regulations
Statutory Instrument 6 of 1958
- Commenced on 23 January 1950
- [This is the version of this document at 1 August 2016.]
- [Amended by Road Transport (Amendment) Regulations, 2016 (Statutory Instrument 36 of 2016) on 13 June 2016]
Part 1 – Preliminary
1. CitationThese regulations may be cited as the Road Transport Regulations.
2. DefinitionsIn these regulations unless the context otherwise requires—“bicycle” means a two wheeled vehicle used for conveyance of persons on any road and includes a tandem but does not include a motor cycle or a rickshaw;[inserted by regulation 2(a) of SI 74 of 1997 w.e.f. 24 November 1997]“cart or carriage” means a vehicle drawn by an animal or a person;“commercial vehicle” means a vehicle used or intended to be used for the conveyance of goods, either for hire or in connection with the trade or business of the owner of the vehicle but shall not include any vehicle which is intended to be used for the conveyance of goods and which has subsequently been adapted, altered, modified or changed for use as a passenger vehicle; and“omnibus” means a public or private omnibus;“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made under the Act;“public service vehicle” means a taxi, a commercial vehicle and an omnibus;[inserted by regulation 2(a)(i) of SI 24 of 1999 w.e.f. 14 June 1999]“public vehicle” shall not include any motor vehicle which is given on hire or for reward by or on behalf of the owner thereof to any person for use by that person on condition that such motor vehicle be driven by or under the authority of that person;“rider” means a person engaged in the riding of a bicycle or a tricycle and, where a separate person acts as steersman of a bicycle includes that person and the word “ride” shall be construed accordingly;[inserted by regulation 2(a) of SI 74 of 1997 w.e.f. 24 November 1997]“special purpose vehicle” means a vehicle used for a specific purpose other than for transportation of passengers or the conveyance of goods, and includes a tractor, dumper, trailer and excavator;[inserted by regulation 2(a)(ii) of SI 24 of 1999 w.e.f. 14 June 1999]“tandem” means a bicycle with two sets of pedals and two saddles arranged one behind the other for two riders;[inserted by regulation 2(a) of SI 74 of 1997 w.e.f. 24 November 1997]“trailer” means any vehicle which has no independent motive power of its own and which is attached to and drawn by a motor-vehicle but does not include any part of an articulated vehicle or any side-car attached to a motor-vehicle;“tricycle” means a three wheeled vehicle used for the conveyances of persons or goods on any road;[inserted by regulation 2(a) of SI 74 of 1997 w.e.f. 24 November 1997]“segway” means a two wheeled, self-balancing, electrically powered vehicle.[inserted by regulation 2(a) of SI 41 of 2013 w.e.f. 6 May 2013]
Part 2 – Equipment and condition of vehicles
3. Warning appliances
4. Prevention of damage to roadEvery vehicle moving on any road shall have its wheels properly aligned so that their rolling motion is truly conveyed to the road. No vehicle with a defective wheel, tyre, wheel hub or axle, or with any other defect which allows the wheel or tyre to damage the road, shall be used on any road.
5. Dimensions of vehicles
6. Motor engine
Emission of smoke
7. Suppression of ignition systemThe ignition system of every motor vehicle shall be electrically suppressed against causing radio interference.
8. Exhaust silencersEvery vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine shall be fitted with an effective silencer.
9. Driving mirror
10. Steering and controls
[regulation 11(5) amended by regulation 2(b) of SI 53 of 1996 w.e.f. 15 July 1996]
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12. Wheels and tyres
13. Condition and maintenance of tyres
14. Windscreens and windows of motor vehicles to be clear
15. Safety glassThe glass of any windscreen and windows facing to the front on the outside of any motor vehicle shall be of a type which, upon impact, does not fly into fragments capable of causing severe cuts.
16. Windscreen wipers
17. Types of direction indicator
18. Commercial vehicles: Passengers
19. Drivers and conductors to be licenced
20. Disinfection of vehiclesThe driver and owner of every vehicle who knows that the said vehicle has conveyed any person suffering from an infectious disease shall immediately report the fact to the Chief Medical Officer and shall arrange with him for the vehicle to be disinfected. No leper shall enter any vehicle for hire.
21. All parts of public vehicles to be maintained in good orderAll doors, windscreens, seats, handles, hinges, catches, springs, wheels, cushions, lining, trimmings, and other fittings, and all furniture and appointments of public vehicles, shall be maintained in good order and repair.
22. TrailersApplication for permission to use a trailer attached to a motor vehicle shall be made to the Commissioner of Police.
22A.A person who—
Part 3 – Load of vehicles
23. Dimensions of loadsNo person shall drive and no person shall cause or allow to be driven in any public place any motor vehicle which is loaded in a manner likely to cause damage to any person, or so that the load of any part thereof is projecting—
24. Projecting loadsWhen anything is carried beyond the rearmost part of a vehicle a white flag of not less than 0.4 metres square shall be attached by day; and at night, a lamp in addition to the prescribed lamps on the vehicle, so arranged as to show a red light to the rear.
25. Loads not to touch roadNo portion of any load shall come into contact with the surface of the road.
26. Maximum weight of load
27. Overall permitted weightNo motor vehicle shall have a maximum weight laden or unladen exceeding 10200 kilogrammes:Provided that in the case of any vehicle imported into Seychelles and having a maximum weight laden or unladen exceeding 10,200 kilogrammes the overall permitted weight of such vehicle shall be such weight as the Minister shall stipulate when granting permission to import the vehicle or the weight for which it has been designed by the makers, whichever is the less.
27A. Maximum axle load
Part 4 – Lighting
28. Lighting-up time
29. Carts and carriagesCarts and carriages shall carry one white light in front of the off side.
30. Bicycles and tricycles[Amended by regulation 2(e)(ii) of SI 74 of 1997 w.e.f. 24 November 1997]Bicycles or tricycles when in motion on a road at night shall show a white light fixed in front and have an efficient red reflector fixed at the rear.[regulation 30 amended by regulation 2(e)(i) of SI 74 of 1997 w.e.f. 24 November 1997]
31. Motor vehicles
32. Bicycles propelled by mechanical power and combination
33A. Other requirements of headlamps
Part 5 – Vehicle licensing and registration
34. Vehicles to be registered and licenced
34A. Allocation and reallocation of numbers
36. Surrender of expired licencesEvery licencee shall surrender the licence to the licensing authority not later than the date of expiry.
37. Restriction on licences for camionThe licensing authority shall not after 30th June, 1972, issue a licence in respect of a new omnibus of a type known as a “camion” unless it is satisfied that such omnibus was ordered from the vehicle dealer on a date prior to 22nd April, 1972.
38. Learner‘s permit
39. ConditionsThe licensing authority may issue licences subject to such conditions, including the prohibition of the use of any road, as it thinks fit.
40. Notification of breaking up, destruction or exportation of vehiclesWhen any vehicle is broken up or destroyed or sent out of breaking of Seychelles the owner shall notify the licensing authority and deliver up the licence.
41. Refund of licence fee in certain casesWhere it is proved to the satisfaction of the Licensing Authority that any vehicle has been out of use for three or more consecutive months a refund shall be made of the appropriate part of the licence fee based on the number of complete months that the vehicle has been out of use.
42. Duplicate licencesIf a licence issued under these regulations has been lost, destroyed or defaced, or the particulars and figures thereof have become altered by fading or otherwise, the owner of the vehicle shall apply to the licensing authority for the grant to him of a duplicate licence. The licensing authority may in its discretion grant a duplicate licence on payment of the prescribed fee.
43. Defacement of licencesAny person who shall by writing, drawing, or in any other manner, alter, deface, mutilate or add anything to any licence shall be deemed guilty of an offence.
44. Mode in which licence to be carried
45A. Fitness test for bicycles and tricycles
Part 6 – Driving licences
46. Driving licences
47. Driving test
48. Certificates of competency to driveIf any applicant shall satisfy the testing officer that he is competent to drive and fully control the vehicle which he proposes to drive he shall receive from that officer a certificate to that effect and shall deliver the certificate to the licensing authority before his application is approved.
49. Medical test
50. Licence to drive a commercial or public motor vehicle
51. DurationUnless suspended by a court or surrendered—
52. Type of licence to be issued in respect of motor vehicle
52A.Where a person driving a motor vehicle fails to have in his or her possession a valid driving licence commits an offence and is liable to a fine under the Minor Offences (Fixed Penalties) Decree.[regulation 52A inserted by regulation 2(c) of SI 41 of 2013 w.e.f. 6 May 2013]
53. Responsibility of driving instructors and display of “L” plates
Part 7 – Identification marks
54. Registered number and mark to be affixed to vehiclesThe registered number and mark to be affixed to vehicles under the provisions of the Act shall be as follows—
55. Carts and carriagesCarts and carriages shall bear the registered mark and number legibly painted upon the off side of the vehicle, so placed as to be clearly visible in all circumstances, the mark and number to be not less than 5cm in height.
56. Discs or labels on bicycles or tricycle
57. Motor bicyclesIn the case of motor bicycles the front plate shall be fitted in a horizontal position along the top of the front mud-guard, and the rear plate to the back of the rear mudguard. The registration mark plate and number shall not be less than 5cm in height and clearly painted upon both sides of the front and on the side of the back plate facing towards the rear. The background of the plate shall be black and the mark and figures white.
58. Other motor vehicles
59. Plates to be visibleNumber plates shall be kept clean and clearly visible.
60. TrailersIn the case of trailers the registered number shall be painted white on a black background, not less than 5cm in height, and at a conspicuous place at the rear of the trailer.
Part 8 – Application of international convention
61. Visitors to SeychellesIn this Part of these regulations, “convention” means any international convention relative to motor traffic, which the Government has ratified and which has been extended to Seychelles.
62. Recognition of international certificatesA motor vehicle imported by a tourist as defined in the convention in regard to which there exists a valid and subsisting international certificate issued by a competent authority in any country or territory outside Seychelles to which the convention applies, when used on any road in Seychelles, shall not be required to be licenced or registered provided that the said vehicle carries, in addition to any identification marks required in the country in which the international certificates was issued, the distinguishing mark provided by the convention.
63. Provisions of regulations 62 to apply in certain casesNotwithstanding the definition of the word “tourist” in the convention, the provisions of regulation 62 shall be extended to any person who satisfies the licensing authority that he is a bona fide tourist for a period not exceeding the period during which the relative international document shall be in force or twelve months whichever is the less.
64. International certificates and permits
Part 9 – Rules of the road
65. Observance of signals and orders given by policeEvery person driving or in charge of any vehicle when on any road shall promptly obey all directions and signals given by or under the direction of any police officer in uniform.
66. Rule of the roadThe rule for all kinds of traffic is “keep to the left”:Provided that vehicles may take the centre of the road except—
67. Vehicles passing on the road
68. Turning cornersOn turning to the left a driver shall make as sharp a turn as possible.
69. Right turnBefore turning to the right the driver shall extend his arm outwards to the right, or give an appropriate signal by means of a mechanical appliance, so that it may be seen by those following. In the case of a left-hand controlled vehicle the signal shall be given by a mechanical appliance. On receipt of either signal other drivers shall hold back until the turn has been completed.
70. Left turnThe “left turn” shall be signalled by extending the right arm and rotating it from the shoulder in an anticlockwise direction, or giving an appropriate signal by means of a mechanical appliance, so that it may be seen by those following.
71. Slowing downWhen the driver of a vehicle proceeding in front of another vehicle intends to slow down, or stop, he shall extend his arm palm downwards and move the arm slowly up and down. The signal shall be given in the case of a vehicle with right-hand control with the right arm and in the case of a vehicle with left-hand control with the left arm.
72. Traffic policeWhen there is a policeman on duty at cross roads all signals shall be given to him, and no driver shall turn or cross the road until the policeman has signalled permission for him to do so.
73. Vehicle descending hillDrivers of all vehicles descending a hill shall give way to traffic ascending it:Provided that when two vehicles meet on a road of insufficient width to allow of passing, the vehicle on the down grade shall give way to the vehicle on the up grade. In the case of motor vehicles, the vehicle on the down grade shall proceed backwards until a passing place is reached.
74. Rules for bicycles and motor cycles
74A. Seat belt
75. Vehicle stopping on roadsNo vehicle shall be stopped within nine metres of any corner, nor at a greater distance than 0.9 metres from the side of any road, nor in a condition or circumstances likely to be dangerous.
76. Speed limits on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue
76A.A person driving a motor vehicle who—
76B.A person riding a bicycle shall not hold onto any moving motor vehicle.[regulation 76B inserted by regulation 2(f) of SI 41 of 2013 w.e.f. 6 May 2013]
Part 10 – General
77. Prescription of feesThe fees set out in the Schedule hereto are hereby prescribed for the purposes of the Act.
78. Lost propertyEvery driver of a public vehicle shall search his vehicle, immediately after the completion of every run, for any property accidentally left in it, and shall take the same within twenty-four hours (if not sooner claimed by the owner) to the nearest police station, and the officer in charge shall give a receipt for all property handed over.
79. Minister may give directions as to standard and equipmentThe Minister may give directions of a general nature to the Road Transport Commissioner relating to the standard and quality of equipment and parts prescribed under these Regulations for motor vehicles and the Road Transport Commissioner shall ensure that motor vehicles on all roads are fitted with equipment or parts of at least the quality and standard specified by the Minister.[regulation 79 amended by regulation 2(f) of SI 53 of 1996 w.e.f. 15 July 1996]
79A. Victoria Vehicle Testing Station and designated garage
Part 11 – Offences
80. Using vehicles contrary to regulationsAny a person who uses a vehicle or any article of its load or equipment, or who causes or permits a vehicle or such article to be used—
81. SavingThis part of these regulations shall not be deemed to affect the generality of section 24 of the Act.
82. Offences in connection with lighting of vehicles
83. Unnecessary noiseAny person who makes any unnecessary noise with any vehicle or any item of its equipment shall be deemed guilty of an offence.
84. Miscellaneous offencesAny person who causes or permits—
85. Further offencesAny person who contravenes or fails to comply with any of the provisions of regulations 19(1), 38(4) and 74 shall be guilty of an offence.
86.Any person who contravenes or fails to pay the fine imposed under Regulations 22A, 52A or 76A shall be guilty of an offence.[regulation 86 inserted by regulation 2 of SI 8 of 2016 w.e.f. 22 February 2016]
History of this document
01 August 2016 this version
13 June 2016
Amended by Road Transport (Amendment) Regulations, 2016
23 January 1950