KZN licensing fees to increase by six percent only

2013-07-31 00:00

MOTORISTS in KZN can expect some reprieve after an announcement yesterday by Treasury that licensing fees will increase by six percent and not 10% as initially expected.

Provincial Treasury’s Simiso Magagula said yesterday at the finance portfolio committee in the Legislature that they have been overtaxing motorists with licence fees.

“We don’t want to be the most expensive province,” he said.

Magagula said the Transport Department would now increase the fees by only six percent in reaction to the outflow of vehicle registrations by big companies to other provinces.

It was previously reported that KZN charged sedans weighing 1 500 kg R525, as opposed to Gauteng and Mpumalanga, which charged R420 and R312 respectively.

KZN was also charging R11 450 for trucks weighing 8 000 kg. This was much more than Gauteng and Mpumalanga, which charged R9 504 and R7 458 respectively.

The announcement was made when Treasury reported an over-collection of R331,6 million in 2012/13 by the KZN government.

The Department of Transport recorded over-collection of R106,4 million; Treasury R84,9 million; Office of the Premier R53,2 million, Department of Education R27,9 million; and Department of Economic Development and Tourism R38,1 million.

However, the entire provincial government has under-spent its total budget by R539,1 million.

“The unaudited year-end under expenditure is an improvement when compared to 2011/12, where the province showed over-expenditure of R311,7 million,” Magagula said.

In his report, he also said the Department of Health overspent its budget by R99,6 million; Department of Transport by R6,5 million; Legislature by R1,9 million; while 13 other departments recorded minor under-expending.

The report also showed that the Department of Economic Development and Tourism registered under-spending of R103,8 million; Treasury R94,8 million; Department of Education R84,5 million; Department of Social Development R76,7 million; Department of Sport and Recreation R20 million, Office of the Premier R11,7 million; Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development R5 million; Royal Household R3,9 million; Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs R1,5 million; and Department of Arts and Culture R113 000.

It also said the entire province ­recorded R125,1 million in underspending on its infrastructure ­budget.

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