New car licence fees proposed for South Africa

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has published the government’s updated national licensing transaction fees for 2021 for public comment.

In a government gazette published on Friday (3 September), Mbalula said that the new transaction fee will cost R72.

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.

This fee is separate from the actual licence fee, with the R72 effectively added to the renewal costs for all motor vehicle licenses across the country.

This appears to be the first time that the fee has effectively decreased since being introduced, with the fee increasing to a high of R82 in 2019.

While a R72 fee may seem minor, the tariff has steadily climbed since it was first introduced at R30 in 2007.

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New car licence fees proposed for South Africa