Car licence renewal notice: you might not get one

2015-11-04 06:00

THE onus is on vehicle owners to ensure their cars are licensed on time. That is the response of the Department of Transport after complaints by residents who say they are not receiving a reminder to renew their vehicle licences. PMB residents expressed concern after not receiving their annual vehicle licence renewal notices for about four months now.

A source, who did not want to be named, said: “The companies I work for own many vehicles. Instead of getting a renewal notice with the details and the amount payable we have to contact the licensing department and get the amount payable then fill out the green forms and take them to licensing.”

Many others also rely on these annual notices to remind them to license their cars.

“Problems arise when people own vehicles they do not use themselves, for example vehicles owned by the parents of university students who use the vehicles at university. They should be warned … to check the status of their licence,” added the source.

Spokesperson for the Department of Transport Nathi Sukazi said: “For the past four years, the vehicle licence renewal notices have been paid for by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), an agency of the Department of Transport, and printed and dispatched by the Post Office. The Department of Transport has been courteously sending out licence renewal notices in line with its commitment to serve the public and promote compliance. However, this doesn’t relieve vehicle owners of their responsibility to renew licences, in the lead-up to or upon expiry of their vehicle licences.”

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