||Motor vehicle licence fees
Fees [Road Traffic Act Regulation 24 (2) (b)]
Each province determines its own registration and licence fees which are increased, from time to time, by proclamation in the respective provincial gazettes. Annual licence fees are assessed on a vehicle’s tare weight with separate scales for different vehicle types.
R36,00 transaction fee added to the licence fee
The Road Traffic Management Corporation Act, 1999 [Section 48 (1) (b)] empowers the Minister of Transport to make regulations to fund the Road Traffic Management Corporation (a central body set up to administer traffic law enforcement). In terms of this regulation, local registering authorities must pay the Corporation a transaction fee which is passed on to the applicant and added to the licence fee. Originally set at R30,00 by GN R386 in Gov Gaz 29852 of 30 April 2007, the regulation was amended to increase the figure to R36,00 as from 1 October 2009. This was done by GN R758 in Gov Gaz 32428 of 24 July 2009, an amendment that was repeated by GN R930 in Gov Gaz 32591 of 23 September 2009. Special classification vehicles qualifying for a concessionary nominal licence fee are exempt from this fee.
Late payment of licence fees [Road Traffic Act Regulation 57]
To avoid penalties for late payment (calculated at 1/10th of the appropriate fee for every month or part month that the licence remains unpaid) licence fees must be paid on time. Numerous incidents have been reported where motor vehicle licences have been allowed to lapse due to renewal notices not being received.
It should be noted that local authorities are under no legal obligation to send renewal reminders. It is the operator’s responsibility to ensure licences are renewed timeously.
The current rates are listed in the following tables.
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