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Expired licences, drunk-driving impacts car insurances: This week's top five motoring stories

2020-06-21 16:22

Janine Van der Post

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Expired licences still remain our top focal point this week; motorists are still unsure about the 90-day grace period and what to do about the situation.

If your vehicle, learner's or driver's licence expired during the lockdown, you have until the end of August to renew, however, the longer you take to renew the more arrears fees you will need to pay for your vehicle licence.

Many citizens with learner's licences have been battling to book appointments, and those who have licences expired as of 1 June, are not sure what to do. Traffic services have indicated that learner licences which have expired during the lockdown period of 28 March and 31 May, will get first priority in a bid to clear the backlog.

There's been confusion about how far you're allowed to drive during lockdown Level 3, and while traffic officials say we're only allowed to drive within a five-kilometre radius of our home for essential goods and medical supplies.

The days of having a beer after work and driving home will soon be over – and that's not just because of the lockdown restrictions. Once South Africa's strict new drunk-driving laws have been passed, drivers won't be allowed to drink alcohol at all. Wynand van Vuuren tells us more about how the new zero-tolerance drunk driving law will affect your car insurance.

The next big topic is the used car market, which is a dream for those looking for second-hand vehicles. According to Autotrader's data, used car buyers are in for a treat as some of the country's most-loved vehicles are now selling for R10 000 to R40 000 less than what they cost in March 2020. 

We also list the top ten cars being sold in South Africa for under R50 000.

Here are this week's top motoring reads:

1. Driving with J9: The 90-day grace period does NOT apply to all expired licences

A driver's licence. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Image: News24 / Duncan Alfreds

2. Here's how far you're allowed to drive in Level 3 lockdown

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Image: Wheels24/Janine Van der Post

3. How the new zero-tolerance drunk driving law will affect your car insurance

Drunk driving

Image: iStock

4. Second-hand vehicles are now more affordable: It's a buyer's market for used cars!

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Image: Steve's Auto Clinic

5. Here are the top 10 cars being sold under R50 000 in SA

 VW Citi Golf

Image: Volkswagen

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