More than 750 000 motorists in South Africa could be slapped with a four-figure fine if they fail to renew their vehicle licences by Tuesday 22 September. The reminder was issued by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), who said that drivers choosing to ignore this advice put themselves in a very difficult position.
According to the RTMC, almost 2.5 million motorists saw their vehicle licence disks run out between the end of March and the last day of May. As these dates fell during the harder stages of lockdown, a grace period was granted to those who could not visit a renewal centre, as they were still closed down. The organisation went on to explain:
For those of you who like to leave it to the last minute, the clock is ticking: If you fail to renew your vehicle license and you’re pulled over by the police, they can charge you as much as R1 000 for your indiscretions. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and the RTMC has urged road users to ‘save themselves some money’.
“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% of the annual licensing fees per month. They also run the risk of receiving traffic fines of up to R1 000 if stopped by traffic officers while operating an unlicensed motor vehicle on a public road. We call on those who have not yet renewed to take urgent steps to comply and save money.”RTMC