Purpose

The purpose of learning is to ensure safe, professional operation of rigid (no articulation points) light vehicles with a gross vehicle mass below 3.5 tons. Credited learners can drive a specific type of rigid light vehicle in accordance with legal, safety, manufacturer and other relevant requirements and reflect on how the vehicle is operated. Competent drivers can preserve vehicles as assets, drive safely and defensively, and contribute significantly to the economy by transporting goods and/or passengers.

Credited learners are capable of:

  • Preparing a rigid light vehicle for road transport trips according to specification.
  • Driving a rigid light vehicle in accordance with specified requirements.
  • Ensuring the maintenance of road transport service quality.
  • Handling unexpected situations according to specified procedures.
  • Reflecting on vehicle performance and own operation of the vehicle against requirements.
  • Parking rigid light vehicles following specified requirements.

SAQA ID: 123257
NQF Level: 2
Credits: 10
Accrediting SETA: TETA
Duration: 10 days
Recommended Entry Criteria:
• NQF Level 2 Mathematical Literacy and Communication competence.
• It is also assumed that the learner can plan road transport service delivery.
Certification Issued: Competency Certificate

Unit Standard Range

The scope of this unit standard is as follows:

  • Rigid light vehicle refers to a motorised fixed chassis vehicle with gross vehicle mass below 3,5 tons.
  • Trailers can be included, but not trailers with a turntable, and with combined gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3,5 tons.
  • Competence does not have to be proven on a loaded vehicle. Loaded implies a vehicle loaded to at least 20 percent of its rated capacity.
  • The learner’s portfolio should prove that the learner has accumulated at least 40 logged hours of driving which includes the following compulsory conditions:
    – Night driving – at least 5 hours.
    – Driving in wet weather conditions – at least 5 logged hours.
    – Freeway driving – at least 10 logged hours.
    – Driving in low and high-density traffic – at least 10 logged hours.
  • The relevant driving license will have to be obtained before the learner can be credited against this unit standard.

Specific Outcomes

  1. Prepare a rigid light vehicle for road transport trips according to specifications.
  2. Drive a rigid light vehicle in accordance with specified requirements.
  3. Ensure the maintenance of road transport service quality.
  4. Handle unexpected situations according to specified procedures.
  5. Reflect on vehicle performance and own operation of a vehicle against requirements.
  6. Park rigid light vehicle in accordance with the specified requirement.

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