Concerns about car licence issue delays

2016-03-16 06:00
PHOTO: sourced The South African motor licence disc.

PHOTO: sourced The South African motor licence disc.

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THE Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa has expressed concern over the delays in issuing vehicle licence discs.

The AA said there was “still no clear explanation of the ongoing delays regarding the issuing of vehicle licence discs”.

It said in a statement on Friday that the problem was linked “with the non-issuance of vehicle licence renewal letters to motorists”.

“The AA continues to receive numerous queries daily regarding this problem, and the steps motorists must take to resolve the issue,” said the statement.

“It is our understanding that the issuing of the vehicle licence renewal letters relates to the control of the electronic National Traffic Information System.

“The system is managed by a company called Tasima and in December 2015 the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned an earlier high court ruling that Tasima hand over the system to the Transport Department and the Road Traffic Management Corporation.”

The AA said that while the authorities were silent on the numbers, the bulk of motorists who should be receiving licence renewal letters, were not.

“This complicates the issuing of new licence discs, resulting in delays.

“Despite these issues, the AA has been assured by the South African Post Office they are processing applications.

“Therefore motorists are now able to complete a renewal form at SA Post Office branches.”

The AA advised motorists to check their licence discs themselves to avoid the disc expiring.

“A good idea is to put a reminder on your cellphone for when the licence disc is up for renewal.

“Whether your get a reminder in the mail or not, renewing your licence is still your responsibility, one you should take seriously.”

- WR.

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