Government increases vehicle licence fees

Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi has announced that South African motorists can expect to pay more in national licensing transaction fees in 2018.

In terms of The Road Traffic Management Corporation Act, local registering authorities (licensing centres) must pay the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) a transaction fee for each motorist it processes.

This is subsequently passed on to the applicant and added to the annual licence fee.

The fees will increase by R30 – from R42 to R72 – as of 1 February 2018, the department said.

This marks a significant increase compared to previous years with the fee going up a mere R6 rand since 2009.

Special classification vehicles qualifying for a concessionary nominal licence fee are typically exempt from this fee.

This increase will affect South African motorists across the country, with the actual licensing fee differing from province to province, dependent on the size and weight of your vehicle.

In the Western Cape, a motorcyclist can expect to pay R168 (as of 1 April 2017) for a new licence while motorists can pay anywhere between R276 (0-250kg) to R21,042 (11,500kg+) to renew their annual licence.

In comparison Gauteng motorists can expect to pay between R276-R22,776 for their vehicle licence, and R192 for a motorcycle licence.

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