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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Evaluate loads on vehicles 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256521  Evaluate loads on vehicles 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Traffic,Traffic-Related,L.Government Law Enfor 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
116143  Evaluate loads on vehicles  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard reflects the need for visible control of passenger carrying and goods vehicles that are operated by various industries on a public road. It provides the learner with the competencies to enforce the law at traffic control centres and weighbridges. Overloading of passenger carrying and goods vehicles not only causes a tremendous amount of damage to the country's roads but also contributes to the serious problem of maintaining road safety.

Learners credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Apply aspects pertaining to loads on goods and passenger carrying vehicles as prescribed in the National Road Transportation Act.
  • Inspect compliance of vehicles conveying abnormal loads.
  • Weigh a vehicle.
  • Take legal action against drivers and operators. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • The Unit Standard "Control traffic" at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Loads can include but is not limited to livestock, dangerous goods, perishable substances and abnormal loads.
  • Relevant documentation can include but is not limited to registers, occurrence books and files. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply pertaining to loads on goods and passenger carrying vehicles as prescribed in the National Road Transportation Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the definitions and terminology used for loads. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes but is not limited to dimensions, projections, passenger carrying vehicles, seating capacity and manufacturer's specifications.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the manner in which goods and passengers shall be conveyed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of vehicle types, configurations and information plates so as to ensure identification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Driver and vehicles compliance is determined in terms of the Act. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Inspect compliance of vehicles conveying abnormal loads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the permit requirements in respect of vehicles carrying abnormal loads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The abnormal load/vehicle is inspected to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The inspection refers but is not limited to abnormal load/vehicles markings, permits and driver and/or operator permits and licences.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Offences are determined using the legislation, supporting documentation and standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    This includes the National Road Transportation Act and the Guideline for Granting of Exemption Permits for the Conveyance of Abnormal Loads and for Other Events on Public Roads.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Weigh a vehicle. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Vehicles include but are not limited to goods vehicles, mini-buses and buses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Possible overloaded vehicles are identified through a subjective screening process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required vehicle mass is determined according to manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An actual vehicle mass is obtained using a scale. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Permissible masses are determined in accordance with regulations and legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The weigh results are communicated to driver so as to ensure understanding of the weighing results and its implications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Take legal action against drivers and operators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Drivers and/or operators are identified using the relevant vehicle documentation and permits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Offences are identified in accordance with the standard operational procedures and legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Supporting documentation is completed in accordance with the standard operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Legal processes are applied in accordance with the relevant sections of the Criminal Procedure Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Rectified loads are checked to ensure legal compliance. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The National Road Traffic Act (1996) and Regulations.
  • The Criminal Procedure Act (1972).
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • South African Bureau of Standards and Statistics codes related to evaluation of loads on vehicles.
  • Standard operating procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Inspecting compliance of vehicles conveying abnormal loads.
  • Weighing a vehicle.
  • Taking legal action against drivers and operators. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Inspecting compliance of vehicles conveying abnormal loads.
  • Weighing a vehicle. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Actions when taking legal action against drivers and operators. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Taking legal action against drivers and operators. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Weighing a vehicle. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Applying aspects pertaining to loads on goods and passenger carrying vehicles as prescribed in the National Road Transportation Act. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 116143, "Evaluate loads on vehicles", Level 4, 10 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  62289   Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Traffic Law Enforcement  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. CITY OF JOHANNESBURG METROPOLITAN POLICE : FIREARM SERVICES 
    2. DEPARTMENT OF ROADS AND TRANSPORT T/A LIMPOPO PROVINCE TRAFFIC TRAININ 
    3. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS 
    4. Josmap Training Institute 
    5. KWAZULU NATAL TRAFFIC TRAINING COLLEGE 
    6. Mangaung Traffic Training College 
    7. PORT ELIZABETH TRAFFIC COLLEGE 
    8. Training at Work (Pty) Ltd 
    9. Tshwane Leadership & Management Academy/Tshwane Metro Police 
    10. TSHWANE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT ACADEMY 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.