South Africa’s zero alcohol driving limit to be passed by December


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During a press conference on Tuesday, South African Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed that legislation which prohibits the public from drinking any alcohol before driving would be implemented by December.

The National Road Traffic Amendment Bill was initially introduced back in March and released in June, despite delays lawmaking processes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill seeks to completely prohibit drinking and driving. Anyone who has had any amount of alcohol will not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle until zero alcohol can be detected in their blood or on their breath.

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That means, from December, less than 0.05 grams per 100 millilitres will be allowed for everyday drivers and for professional drivers, less than 0.02 grams per 100 millilitres will be allowed – when measured by a blood sample.

The current law states that (when measured by breathalyser) 0.24 milligrams per 1,000 millilitres is allowed for everyday drivers and for professional drivers, 0.10 milligrams per 1,000 millilitres is allowed.

According to reports, the zero alcohol draft will now be submitted to the parliamentary portfolio committee for transport, with the expectation that it will be passed into law before parliament is dismissed at the end of the year. Read more on the zero alcohol limit in the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill, right here.

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