With the deadline looming for the renewal of motor vehicle licence discs that expired between March and May, the Road Traffic Management Corporation urges motorists to comply and avoid penalties.
Motorists who fail to renew vehicle licences by end of business tomorrow (22 September) will incur additional costs for late renewal. Penalties are calculated at 10 percent of the annual licencing fees per month. They also run the risk of receiving traffic fines of up to R1000 if stopped by traffic officers while operating an unlicensed motor vehicle on a public road.
Acting according to the Disaster Management Act, the Minister of Transport in July gazetted an extension in the validity period of all whose motor vehicle discs, permits and roadworthy certificates that expired during the period commencing from March 26 to May 31 for a period ending August 31. Beyond this period, motorists were entitled to 21 days in which to renew the vehicle discs without incurring late payment costs.
The extension affected 2 465 439 motorists whose vehicle discs expired during the total lockdown period. A total of 1 701 724 (69%) had taken advantage of the extension and renewed their licences by the end of last week.
The RTMC is satisfied with the public’s response to the extension and calls on those who have not yet renewed to take urgent steps to comply and save money.