CAPE TOWN – Motorists have until the end of the day to renew their expired vehicle discs without penalty during the lockdown.
If a vehicle’s license disk expired between 26 March to 31 May and is not renewed by Tuesday, owners could face:
- A penalty which is calculated at 10 percent of the annual licensing fees per month.
- A traffic fine of up to R1,000 if stopped by traffic officers while operating an unlicensed motor vehicle on a public road.
According to the Disaster Management Act, the Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, 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 26 March to 31 May 31.
The deadline for renewals was set for 31 August with a further 21 day grace period without incurring late payment costs.
Meanwhile, the validity of driving licence cards as well as learners’ licences and temporary licences and professional driving permits which expired or expire between the beginning of the lockdown and the 31st of August, are considered valid until the end of January 2021.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said the extension affected 2,46 million motorists whose vehicle discs expired during the total lockdown period. So far, 1,7 million (69 percent) “had taken advantage of the extension and renewed their licences by the end of last week”.
What to expect when visiting an office:
- Covid-19 screening at the entrances
- Limited number of customers allowed in at a time
- Social distancing is required and must be adhered to
- Visit early in the day. There are longer queues due to reduced staff at some offices as required by Covid-19 regulations and high volumes of transactions are being experienced.
- You only need your ID for motor vehicle licensing and registration
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