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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.


R72,00 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, the regulation was amended to increase the figure to R36,00 as from 1 October 2009 and then to R42,00 on 1 February 2017.

Huge increase
It seems this is insufficient to fund the (arguably ineffective) Corporation, as the fee has rocketed to R72,00 on licence renwewals from 1 February 2018. This whopping 71,4% increase, quietly promulgated in Gov Gaz 41170 of 6 October 2017, gives the RTMC a much greater bite of the cherry that is supposed to fund provincial road infrastructure. While this figure may seem somewhat insignifi cant in the case of heavy vehicles, it constitutes a significant proportion of the total amount payable in the case of caravans, motor cycles and other light vehicles.

What is disturbing is the lack of noticeable objection from provinces to this blatant invasion of their right (legislative competence) under the Constitution and section 92 of the National Road Traffi c Act to determine their own registration and licensing fees. Provinces need to wake up to the fact that doing nothing could result in the transaction fee eating further into the provincial revenue stream and perhaps becoming even larger than the licence fee itself.

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.

Eastern Cape fees>
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