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2016-06-30 06:00

The City of Cape Town has rolled out the use of card payment facilities at its motor vehicle registration office in Cape Town. At last!

Ever stood in a never-ending queue at the vehicle registration office, only to get to the front and and realise you only brought your bank card, and forgetting it’s ‘cash only’ payments?

The City of Cape Town claims it has started piloting the use of card payment facilities at its motor vehicle registration office in the Cape Town Civic Centre.

According to the City, the first day pilot (Monday June 27) saw more than 100 credit and debit card transactions processed. The City hopes to roll out this service to other City customer centres across the metro.

The city-wide roll out to motor vehicle registration offices is expected to take approximately two months. The expansion of card payment facilities for the payment of rates and tariff accounts, building plan and land use applications and traffic fines will take a bit longer as system upgrades are required, says the City.

The City’s executive deputy mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson, said: “Payments of up to R5 000 per transaction by credit or debit card, or any other means of payment which does not hold any cost implications for the client, will be accepted. This amount covers most transactions by our clients, be it for motor vehicle licences, rates and services bills, or other sundry payments. The City will, however, reclaim the relevant banking fee for any payment over R5 000.

“Clients are thus encouraged to make electronic payments for large transactions with the City, as this will result in minimal bank reclaims of banking charges. Electronic (EFT) payments carry the lowest bank charges.,.” he said

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