W Cape vehicle licences to rise?
LICENCE FEE RISE FOR WESTERN CAPE: Some examples of comparative licence fees if the increase goes ahead.
The Provincial Government Gazette is about to publish draft regulations about motor vehicle licence fee increases in the Western Cape.
The province increased licence fees by an average of 10% each year from 2001 to 2005/06 which led to the Cape having the most expense vehicle licences in the country.
NO INCREASE SINCE 2005
Western Cape MEC for transport, Robin Carlisle, told Wheels24: “This increase affects 1 706 663 vehicle owners so I've decided that, while it is not yet required by law, the proposed increase should be subject to full public participation. The Western Cape has not increased its motor vehicle registration and licence fees since 2005 while other provinces have increased during the same period.”
The proposed fee increase amounts to an average 5.3% for the Western Cape, less than the inflation rate of 5.7%.
Carlisle said: "Cape drivers get good value for their licence fees - 93% of all kilometres travelled by vehicles in the province are on surfaced roads rated as 'good to very good' which far exceeds standards in the other eight provinces., many of whose surfaced roads are now virtually unusable."
As required by Section 8(4) of the Western Cape Provincial Road Traffic Administration Act, 2012 (Act 6 of 2012), the draft regulations will be published in the Provincial Gazette Extraordinary 7091 dated February 18 2013 for public comment for a period of four weeks.
The closing date for comment is March 18 2013.
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