CAR-LICENCE PAIN: Vehicle owners will have to pay more when renewing their licence in the Western Cape. Image: Sergio Davids
Cape Town - The Western Cape Provincial Government gazette has published a draft regulation pertaining to motor vehicle licence (MVL) fee increases - 6%.
The draft regulation is open for public comment for a period of 30 days, reports the Western Cape Government Transport and Public Works.
Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, said: "While not required by law, we have continued to publish these draft regulations for comment so as to allow the over 1.7 million vehicle owners in the Western Cape the opportunity to submit their comments.
"This year, the proposed fee increases amount to an average 6% increase for the Western Cape."
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We asked Wheels24 readers what they think of the 6% increase for licence fees:
Jason van Schalkwyk: There will obviously be a strong backlash towards the increase and the main arguments will include phrases such as corrupt government, the burden on tax payers and so forth. Although an increase is never nice, I am however in favour of it.
It is ‘Western-Cape money” and will not funnel into the coffers of national treasury and also considering the condition of the Western Cape’s roads, the amount of continuous maintenance and upgrades, it can rightly be justified.
If you also take into consideration that the province draws a lot of tourists, it makes sense to look after the roads and in order to look after them, the money needs to come from somewhere. It is also a much more equal system than the e-tolls in Gauteng, where a very specific group of consumers bears a far greater burden.
As citizens of the Western Cape we should not be short-sighted. Compared to the rest of South Africa, we are definitely a step above, at least in terms of roads. Given the economic climate and ineffective national government, we are actually getting a fairly good deal with just a 6% increase.
Koos Niewoudt: Typical of these fatcat politicians they will milk the public dry! This is only the beginning, watch. They earn too much, do nothing, talk too much and make so many stupid decisions like the green roads for cyclists (a disaster!!) and we must be silent and just accept there useless and brainless decisions in wasting our monies!
Who in his right mind for instance will ride a bicycle to town just think about it. Have they consulted anyone in the public domain about the proposed increases, no they think they gods and rule you and can do what they like!! Get the ones that made the stupid decision for the green road's to repay the money spent on it and you don't have to increase license fees fullstop!Mandy Perrins: I think it sucks. Vehicles of other provinces uses our roads, especially those from the Eastern Cape because they register in their provinces because it was cheaper than the Western Cape for long already.
Mzi Mnyatheli: I think this is too much looking at our economic situation.