There are two types of learners licence tests in South Africa. The computerised tests are gradually replacing the written tests across the country. This is to avoid corruption.
- The written test (Human Sciences Research Council as prepared by Steve Venter) – SAIDI members may apply for the official training material supplier’s details. The material is based on the actual 9 written tests presently being used in many testing centres. You can expect to answer:
- 30 “Rules of the Road” questions – (See the gold link below).
- 30 “Road Traffic Signs” questions and – (See the gold link below).
- 8 “Controls” of the vehicle questions.- (See the gold link below).
2. The eNaTIS computerised test. You will be asked the answers to a series of questions from a databank of 1500 questions. Study material can be found on the e-ENaTIS web page – Downloads – Learners’ Licences. We have also included them here for your information.
PLEASE NOTE: These documents ONLY apply to the compuerised test implemented by Tasima (Pty) Ltd – generally found in Gauteng DLTCs. They DO NOT apply to the “L Pro” tests in use in KZN, Mpumalanga and Limpopo which make use of the syllabus based on Steve Venter’s original written tests. Unfortunately, the Tasima version does not include biometrics to verify if the person who writes the test is in fact the person who should be writing it. See more later.
For the computerized learner's licence test, copy the 3 link addresses below and study this free material. It is the official training manual for the computerized learner's licence tests:
- Rules of the Road: file:///C:/Users/Pat/Downloads/1%20Rules%20of%20the%20Road%20draft1%20(3).pdf
- Road Signs: file:///C:/Users/Pat/Downloads/2%20Manual%20on%20Road%20Traffic%20Signs_Draft1%20(8).pdf
- Controls of the Vehicle: file:///C:/Users/Pat/Downloads/3%20Vehicle%20Controls%20Manual%20Draft1%20(5).pdf
Testing Centres now using the computerised learners licence test are:
Gauteng (Tasima test)
While we strongly recommend the use of all SAIDI and JPSA approved books sold at most newsagents and published by Gavin Hoole and Clive Gibson because these tests questions are based on the official syllabus as contained in the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996, and while these dedicated authors have made every effort to cover the questions not included in the official syllabus to help the public, we also recommend that applicants writing the computerised tests in Gauteng use the official study material above. Please be aware that we have received many complaints about this test which apparently contains many questions which do not fall within the official syllabus in the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996.
The National Driving School Forum (NDSF), which consists of the 4 major driving school associations, have been asking to edit this database since we first heard of the difficulties our pupils were encountering when writing these tests. (As driving instructors we have not yet been permitted to write these tests because our id numbers are already on the eNaTIS system for the same category of driving licences, so we must act on hearsay from people from all over the Gauteng area.)
- Despite the NDSF being acknowledged at the Summit meeting held at the CSIR on 22 March 2013, as the official representatives and stakeholders of our industry, all our ongoing appeals to the RTMC and NDOT to go through the database of 1500 questions with them, with a view to remove the problematic questions, have been flatly ignored. We have proof of ongoing efforts to eradicate them, but with no success.
- We question this, and also why a system has been permitted which does not have sufficient security checks in place. This defeats the anti-corruption aspect of the computerised tests completely, while failing legal pupils and favouring illegal tests!
- In addition, we are reliably informed that while all official languages are available in the computerised tests, many ordinary people find the “high” language used by University students is too difficult for them to understand.
Many South Africans now find themselves having to write the learners licence tests in English, which is their second language, and disadvantages ‘previously disadvantaged’ people still further, thereby reducing their chance of obtaining a driving licence legally, (which many take as an excuse to buy licences), and in turn, effectively blocks their chances of gainful employment and the opportunity to open their own businesses. SAIDI feels very strongly about this injustice!
Not only that, but reports of driving instructors taking their pupils’ identity documents into the classrooms and writing learners’ licence tests on their applicant’s behalf are widespread.
SAIDI feels this is totally unacceptable in a country where the road fatality rate far exceeds the official 14 000 average per year!
What is going on, we must ask? Who has their hand in the cookie jar? Everybody is talking about this system with contempt.
Why is something official not being done to stop this travesty of justice?
These testing centres are using the Tasima computerised learners licence tests in Gauteng:
- Akasia (Learners’ Licence tests only.)
- Three Rivers
We have been told by reliable sources (Managers of some testing centres), of an 80% failure rate at these testing centres. The authorities seem unfazed about it and refuse to remove unfair questions from the tests. As said, no-one is taking greater security measures either, which is the original reason for introducing computerised learners’ licence tests.
KZN: (To study for these tests you can safely use all SAIDI and JPSA approved books sold at most newsagents and published by Gavin Hoole and Clive Gibson. These tests questions are based on the official syllabus as contained in the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996.) If something has slipped through our fingers unintentionally, please bring it to our attention as soon as possible and we will take urgent steps to rectify it.
All DLTC’s in KZN are on the LicencePro computerised learners’ Licence test system – but not the Tasima test. This system does not contain questions outside of the official syllabus. It also has excellent security features, which the Tasima test lacks.
Limpopo – LicencePro computerised learners’ Licence test system:
- Lephalale (previously Ellisras)
- Makhado (Louis Trichardt)
- Marble Hall
- Maruleng (previously Hoedspruit)
- Modimolle (previously Nylstroom)
- Mokopane (previously Potgietersrus)
- Morebeng (Soekmekaar)
- Polokwane (previously Pietersburg)
Mapumalanga – LicencePro computerised learners’ Licence test system
- Emalahleni (previously Witbank) Learners’ licence tests only.
- KwaMhlanga (Learners’ Licence and Driving Licence tests.)
- Mhala (Learners’ Licence and Driving Licence tests.)
- Nelspruit (Learners’ Licence and Driving Licence tests.)
- Standerton (Learners’ Licence tests only)
Official comment January 2014:
On the issue other languages, we will address the matter once we have more resources and we are 100% happy with the English version. Although the version that we have complies with what is in the legislation we still feel that we can improve in terms of examples provided and outlay.
When you go to book your learner’s licence test appointment:
– For information, there are two types of DLTCs – Municipal and Provincial.
The offices are generally open from 8:00 to 15:00 from Monday to Friday, although some DLTCs (Driving Licence Testing Centres) also open on weekends.
Take the following documentation with you when you go to book a learner’s licence appointment:
- Your identity book.
- A photocopy of your identity book.
- The fee applicable in your Province.
- 2 black and white passport photos.
- Proof of residence. (although this is not asked for in most DLTCs, it is sometimes asked for in JOHANNESBURG)
You will also need a black ballpoint pen, and something to press on, to avoid balancing it on someone’s back while standing waiting in the queue completing the form.
Here is the official e-ENaTIS “Application for a Learners Licence form” called LL1. LL1. This is just for your information. You do not need to download it, because you will usually be handed a form by a security guard at the DLTC (Driving Licence Testing Centres). We do however warn you to NOT accept forms or offers to process them more quickly from individuals who pose as “runners”. These people are usually criminals whose sole interest is to rob you of your hard-earned cash.
Be prepared to wait in incredibly slow-moving queues for hours. There are seldom seats, toilet facilities, refreshments and definitely no card facilities, so cash is a requirement. Also note that some DLTCs have implemented strange policies where doors are shut and people are turned away very early in the morning.
Service at DLTCs (Driving Licence Testing Centres) is sometimes incredibly quick and efficient, but at other times it is a time-wasting, inefficent exercise and anything but good customer service.
You will wait in a queue to secure a date. Queues are generally not sign-marked, so ask, or you could wait in the wrong queue for hours!
Queues to book a learners licence test appointment. None of them is marked. This is for your entertainment, and to test if you are likely to suffer from road rage later. (- Just joking! ) Be careful. Security cameras are recording your bad behavior:
- You will be handed an application form. Complete the form. Wait.
- Secure the date for your learner’s licence test. You will have no choice in the matter. You must take the date they allocate to you.
- Play “musical chairs” as you slowly shift forward in the eye test queue. You may be able to save time by having the eye-check done at a participating optomotrist (which is a free check). You will be permitted to hand the form in instead of waiting in yet another queue.
- Undergo an eye check. You need to press your forehead against a curved part of the machine, and tell the examiner which corner of a diamond shape is marked differently from the rest (left / right / top / bottom). The examiner marks the answer sheet according to your answers. He can tell if you need glasses or contact lenses for driving based on the results, or if your eyes are fine.
- Once that is done, you will still need to wait in another queue to pay at the cashier.
- Now for goodness sake don’t lose it. If you do, you will need to apply for a duplicate in a similar fashion. You would be crazy to want to go through that again!
- If you fail the learners licence test, you will need to do it all again, including the eye test.
On the day of your learner’s licence test, make sure that you are there early! If you are just a few minutes late you will not be permitted to do the test. A fee is charged to issue the learner’s licence. A learner’s licence is valid for two years.