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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate a rigid light vehicle 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123257  Operate a rigid light vehicle 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
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 the manner in which the vehicle is operated. Competent drivers are able to 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 vehicle against requirements.
  • Parking rigid light vehicle in accordance with specified requirements. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners have already attained NQF Level 2 Mathematica Literacy and Communication competence. It is also assumed that the learner can plan road transport service delivery. 

    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 turn table, 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 and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare a rigid light vehicle for road transport trips according to specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Vital rigid light vehicle components are inspected in a systematic way in order to comply with the relevant legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant legislation currently includes the Road Traffic Act of 1993.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rigid light vehicle inspection is recorded legibly and in accordance with operational requirements/specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All rigid light vehicle defects are identified and reported accurately, comprehensively and timeously, so that the necessary actions to rectify defects are initiated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All prescribed and or other relevant preliminaries are executed in terms legislative and organisational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preliminaries can include brake tests and start up procedures.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Drive a rigid light vehicle in accordance with specified requirements. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Specified requirements include legal, manufacturer, and defensive driving requirements; current legal requirements include K53. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Rigid light vehicle is driven and manoeuvred in accordance with the specified standard Range: K53. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rigid light vehicle is operated in accordance with manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Rigid light vehicle is driven and manoeuvred in accordance with legal provisions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The Road Traffic Act of 1993.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Rigid light vehicle is driven to actively prevent accidents, injury to people or damage to property/vehicle, despite the incorrect actions of others or adverse conditions, by driving safely and in a defensive manner. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Ensure the maintenance of road transport service quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Time schedules are considered, implications for freight/passengers are established, and appropriate action is taken to ensure the maintenance of freight quality/passenger safety and comfort. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of load positioning on the stability of the rigid light vehicle is accurately described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Driving style is adapted in order to maintain freight quality/passenger safety and comfort during transportation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Organisational standards are adhered to with full consideration of safety and comfort factors and appropriate actions implemented to rectify problems are appropriate for specific contexts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety factors can include stopping only at scheduled locations, passenger door only opened and closed when completely stationary, load (e.g., number of passengers, freight mass, loading of coach and trailer, etc.) restricted to design and legal limit of vehicle, luggage and emergency doors fully secured, attachment of luggage trailer confirmed; Comfort factors include acceleration and deceleration forces applied gradually; cornering speeds maintained within comfort levels; moving off only when passengers are seated or standing securely.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Handle unexpected situations according to specified procedures. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Unexpected situations can include, but are not limited to incidents, accidents, breakdowns, fire on vehicle, medical emergency, hi-jacking, mechanical failure (e.g. burst tyre), spillage/load loss, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Rigid light vehicle and cab instruments are monitored for malfunctions and appropriate action is taken, where required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Driving is adapted to unexpected situations safely and according to specified procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Unexpected situations are reported according to operational procedures and legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Corrective actions to get freight/passengers to their destinations in the event of route deviations, delays experienced and breakdowns, as well as the company guidelines for consideration in selecting course of action described for specific contexts. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Reflect on vehicle performance and own operation of vehicle against requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effect that weather, road and traffic conditions have on rigid light vehicle performance and driver actions is explained for specific contexts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Weather conditions include wet weather; road conditions include road surfaces (e.g. dirt roads, gravel roads, potholes, etc.), road shapes (e.g. mountain roads, hill roads, etc.) and road types (e.g., national or regional roads); traffic conditions include high and low density traffic.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The influence of driver actions on the cost effective and efficient operation of rigid light vehicle is explained in terms of relevant, specified efficiency and effectiveness criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect of physiological and psychological responses and conditions on driving performance is described in terms of how to manage these responses and conditions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Psychological responses can include stress; physiological responses can include fatigue.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Park rigid light vehicle in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Vehicle is parked within designated or reserved areas in accordance with manufacturer specifications, traffic regulations and operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Vehicle is shut down in accordance with manufacturer specifications, traffic regulations and operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Vehicle is secured in accordance with manufacturer specifications, traffic regulations and operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Security and convenience factors are taken into account. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Factors include proximity to main pedestrian entrances, access to luggage compartments and ease of conveyance and loading, security of parked and unattended vehicle, etc.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by the relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Vehicle components location, characteristics and functionality.
    > Relevant vehicle components include the electrical system, cooling system, lubrication system, fuel, clutch, gearbox, differential lock, brake system, tyres, and cab instruments and warning devices.
  • Road Traffic Act 1993 pertaining to the operating of a vehicle.
  • The effect that weather, road and traffic conditions have on a vehicle's performance, as well as driver actions.
  • Procedures for and reporting of emergencies.
  • Application of fire extinguisher fitted on vehicle.
  • Operational rationale for vehicle inspections.
  • Defect reporting procedure.
  • Measures to minimize risk of hi-jacking.
  • Measures to maximise cost-effectiveness and efficient operation of vehicle.
  • Effects of psychological responses, physiological condition and medical substances on driving performance.
  • Impact of loads on vehicle stability.
  • How to adjust driving style in order to maintain freight quality/passenger safety.
  • Indicators of passenger distress caused by unacceptable driving or amenity deficiencies and actions to be implemented to rectify this. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems where responses to problems show that such critical and creative thinking has been used to make responsible decisions so that environmental risks and mechanical problems are foreseen and timeously resolved, or when an emergency situation arises. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to ensure the maintenance of road transport service quality. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to meet deadlines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when monitoring vehicle and cab instruments for malfunction. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation so that problems are reported. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others to drive a vehicle in accordance with specified requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation by taking conditions and other road users into account, when driving. 

    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 
    Notes to assessors

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the unit standard title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember that the person must be declared competent in terms of the overall unit standard outcome. Where assessment at unit standard title level is unmanageable, focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the learner can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    The following assessment methods must be regarded as minimum requirements for the assessment of learner competence:
  • Questioning.
  • Practical Driving Test.
  • Portfolio of evidence of past driving experience as per Range Statement.

    Credit Certification must stipulate the following aspects regarding learner assessment:
  • License Code.
  • Vehicle make, type and configuration, used in assessment.
  • Gearbox type used in assessment.
  • Retardation system used in assessment.

    If the Learner is assessed on any additional aspects, as mentioned above, these may be added to the certificate. However, no additional credits will be awarded. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  50285   National Certificate: Professional Driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. AAH Skills and Development 
    2. ACT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT 
    3. Africa Skills Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    4. Africa Training Centre 
    5. Afro Fleet (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Agisanang SA Training 
    7. Akhule Development Institute CC 
    8. Algoa Bus Company 
    9. All-in-one Driving Academy 
    10. Andebe Training and Skills Development 
    11. Andzanie Trading Enterprise Pty Ltd 
    12. AREHONE MULTI TRAINING CENTRE 
    13. Asiphepheni Training Services 
    14. Bakubung Driver Training and consultants CC 
    15. Barloworld Transport Solutions 
    16. Bee-Safe Programme Development and Training (Pty) Ltd 
    17. Best Hope Academy & Consultancy 
    18. Best Ideas Training Academy 
    19. Bev Short Training Consultants 
    20. Bolton Business College & Computer Studies 
    21. Brilliant Skills Development & Training Solutions 
    22. Buhle-betfu Carriers pty Ltd 
    23. Buscor 
    24. Capital Driving School 
    25. Cathy Hill Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    26. Centre for Logistics Excellence Pty Ltd 
    27. CHAMDOR DRIVER TRAINING CC 
    28. Climamark (PTY) Ltd 
    29. CODETA Learning Academy 
    30. Coega Development Corporation 
    31. Dee's Training (PTY) LTD 
    32. Dee-Bravo Training Centre 
    33. Dees Driver Training Centre 
    34. DIONYSUS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PTY LTD 
    35. Diversity technology Training Institute 
    36. DJ Bosman Transport Pty Ltd 
    37. Drive for Africa Training and Evaluation 
    38. Driving Sense 
    39. Dunatara Training 
    40. Durban Driver Training Centre Pty Ltd 
    41. Dynamic Institute of Training S.A 
    42. EDU - FLEET 
    43. Edu Wize Group Pty Ltd 
    44. Ellohim Trading and Projects 
    45. ESS Holdings (PTY) Ltd 
    46. Evaflex 
    47. Excellect 209 PTY LTD 
    48. Exodec 388 CC 
    49. Fantique Trade 1092 
    50. Fost Training Pty (Ltd) 
    51. G T Training Service Provider 
    52. Gerotek Test Facilities 
    53. Global Maritime Legal Solutions Pty Ltd 
    54. Goldee Trading Academy 176 
    55. Golden Arrow Bus Services_pty Ltd 
    56. Green Light Training and Projects 
    57. GREENRIM TRAINING PTY LTD 
    58. Halfway Service Station 
    59. He and She Driver Training Centre 
    60. Heslop Brothers (Pty) Ltd 
    61. Ikaheng HR Solutions Pty Ltd 
    62. Imbo driving school 
    63. Immenent HR Solutions CC 
    64. Impact Skills Development (Pty) Ltd 
    65. Imperial Logistics Group t/a Dedicated Contracts 
    66. Impilo 4x4Driver Training cc 
    67. Inkqubela Consultants 
    68. Innovative Shared Services 
    69. Intellect Management & Training consultancy 
    70. Interactive Driving Academy 
    71. Interstate Bus Lines 
    72. Iyanda Holdings(Pty) Ltd 
    73. Josmap Training Institute 
    74. Kahisano Skills Development and Training 
    75. Kajal and Associates 
    76. KDS Centre for Skills Development and Training Pty Ltd 
    77. Kempston Driving Academy 
    78. Khabanyane Training and development 
    79. Khulani HR Consultancy (Pty) Ltd 
    80. Kitta Transport Training Academy 
    81. KKH Operator Training and Projects Pty Ltd 
    82. Kriel Training (PTY) LTD 
    83. Kulika Training and Consultancy Pty Ltd 
    84. KZN Taxi and Commuter Corporation NPC 
    85. Learncore 
    86. Learncorp 
    87. Learning Exchange Pty Ltd 
    88. LEFA Training and Projects 
    89. Lerumo La Sechaba Trading Enterprise 32 cc 
    90. Licence Wise 
    91. Little Treehouse Holdings (PTY) Ltd 
    92. LL Technical Services (PTY) LTD 
    93. Logistics Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    94. Lowveld Emergency Medical Training 
    95. LTM Training and Remote Learning Solutions 
    96. Lwaze Lwanda General Traders CC 
    97. M AND C ACADEMY AND CONSULTANCY PTY LTD 
    98. Madibeng Edu Centre and Suppliers Pty Ltd 
    99. Madidi Supply Chain Institute and Business Institute 
    100. Magas Training and Development (Pty) Ltd 
    101. Makwedeng Training 
    102. Maliwa Investment (Pty)Ltd 
    103. Masakhane Further Education and Training 
    104. Mediro Training Academy 
    105. Merrod Trading 122 Pty Ltd 
    106. Mnce Trading cc 
    107. Moripe Business and Training Consultants 
    108. Mpumes Skills And Knowledge Academy Pty Ltd 
    109. Mtimande & Associates 
    110. Mziphela Training and Projects Pty. Ltd 
    111. Namaste Drive 
    112. Ndikho Ndinani Protection (Pty) Ltd 
    113. Ndwamato Training Solutions PTY LTD 
    114. Netcobrite (Pty) Ltd 
    115. Nghunyule Investments 
    116. NOSA LOGISTICS PTY LTD 
    117. Nowethu Learning Institute cc 
    118. Nozinga Training Academy 
    119. NS Traders 
    120. Ntalo Training & Consulting Services 
    121. Ntsoaki Driving School 
    122. One Stop Driving School 
    123. Onelogix 
    124. Orion Industrial Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    125. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    126. Precision skills development and training 
    127. Pro Driver Training (Pty) Ltd 
    128. PRO Skills Development Pty Ltd 
    129. Pro-Driver Trucking Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    130. PUTCO Pty Ltd 
    131. QMS Training 
    132. Quantum Leap College Pty Ltd 
    133. Rasehlo Transport and Tourism 
    134. Royal Impression Academy 
    135. Safe and Eco Driving Pty Ltd 
    136. SC Training and Consulting 
    137. Sediba Sabasadi Skills Training Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    138. Seng''khona Trading Enterprise 129 cc 
    139. Seshego Risk Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    140. SHEPROSA PTY LTD 
    141. Sisabenza Operator Training (PTY) LTD 
    142. Siyashayela Training and Development 
    143. SN Pool Transport 
    144. Solly''''s SkillsTraining Centre 
    145. Sophia''s Excellence Driving Academy 
    146. South African Transport Centre of Excellence 
    147. SPINA Consultancy cc Cape Town 
    148. Strat Training pty ltd 
    149. Striving Mind Academy and Consultancy Pty Ltd 
    150. SVA Training 
    151. Tagane Trading and Training Services Pty Ltd. 
    152. THABO Training and Services 
    153. The Assessment Zone (Pty) Ltd 
    154. The Skills Authority 
    155. The Skills Matrix 
    156. TI Mohloane Trading and Projects 
    157. TIESPRO (Pty) Ltd 
    158. Total Fleet Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    159. Training Consultant and SD College 
    160. Triton Express Pty Ltd 
    161. Tshireletso Multi-skills and Training 
    162. UKWAKHILE TRAINING 
    163. Uthingo Training Centre 
    164. Uzoyithola Training and Consulting 
    165. Vhonisani Training Academy & Projects 
    166. Victoria driving School PTY LTD 
    167. Voltrek Trading and Projects 
    168. Wheelman S A 
    169. WHSE Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    170. Workplace Skills Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    171. Yellow Jersey Logistics 
    172. Zambuko Training Enterprise 



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