With consistent fluctuations in South Africa’s automotive industry, it comes to no surprise that car owners will have to add additional fees to their cost of owning a car, on their 2018 new year’s resolution.

The Government Gazette has revealed Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi’s proposed R30 increase in the country’s vehicle license transaction fee, which will be paid to the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

Here are the facts for the implementation of SA’s new vehicle license fees:

  • Vehicle license transaction fee increase amount – R30
  • Total vehicle renewal fees – R72
  • Effective date – 1st of February 2018

That is approximately a radical 71.43% increase in vehicle license transaction fees, compared to the minute 16.67% increase in 2016 by former Transport Minister Dipuo Peters.

But, the highly debated proposition doesn’t end there… ‘Junk status’ is no longer an excuse!

The Justice Project of South Africa (JPSA) has questioned the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s lack of ability to follow through with 2 mandatory road traffic acts:

  1. “Enhancing road safety”
  2. “Reducing the catastrophically high carnage which exists on South Africa’s roads”

It’s no wonder the JPSA has called on the country’s Transport Minister to justify his tremendous vehicle license transaction fee increase.

The current reported inflation rate in South Africa is 4.8% as at August 2017 and therefore, the latest published transaction fee exceeds the current inflation rate by almost fifteen times.

Click below to read the full response of the Justice Project of South Africa to the:

71% increase in vehicle licensing transaction fees

Did you know?

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