Call for public comment on new licence plates and fees

2019-11-26 06:00

The public have been asked to comment on the allocation of a new provincial licence mark to all registering authorities of the Western Cape.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for transport and public works, published this notice in the provincial gazette on Friday 15 November.

“This move is a pre-emptive one, driven by the rate at which the department calls for input into new provincial licence mark for motor vehicles and vehicle licence fee increase. The current ‘CAA’ and ‘CAW’ licence numbers are fast approaching the 100 000 mark, both events expected to happen within the next month,” says Jandré Bakker, spokesperson for the department.

Other practical reasons for considering a provincial licence mark as opposed to adding more local marks to the existing ones are:

. a municipality having multiple licence marks allocated to its registering authorities, e.g. the City with the CA, CAA, CEY, CF, CFM, CFR and CY licence marks. This situation sometimes leads to the manipulation of address information on NaTIS where a vehicle owner favours a particular licence mark of another area over his/her local licence mark.

. more than one municipality shares the same licence mark, e.g. the municipalities of Theewaterskloof and Overstrand share the CAM licence mark.

. the current municipal areas do not in all respects align with the areas of the then department of inland revenue through which licence marks were originally established and allocated. This situation leads to a vehicle being allocated with a licence number that contains a licence mark (as programmed on NaTIS) at a registering authority that is not part of the local municipality of the vehicle owner – a situation where revenue (through vehicle licence fees) is then not paid to the correct municipality.

“When the CAW licence mark reaches 100 000 licence numbers it will be replaced by the new licence mark CAG as published in Provincial Gazette 7884, on 26 February 2018. This is an interim arrangement until such time that a new provincial licence mark is in place to cover all the areas of the province,” Bakker says.

The CAA licence mark will, however, be allowed to exceed 100 000, in the interim, as the higher than expected demand for CAA licence numbers will not allow for a new local licence mark to be published in time. This means that such a licence number will therefore consist of a combination of 9 characters. However, the department would like to advise the public, traffic law enforcement authorities, as well as certified number plate manufacturers that one of the five sizes of number plates that are legally allowed on vehicles registered before 1 January 2010 will not comply with the SABS standards (SANS code) if a 9-character licence number is used. Therefore, instead of the 440mm x 120mm size number plate, the 520mm x 113mm size must be used as this will enable motorists to still comply with the law. As at 12 November 2019, 81964 CAA numbers have been allocated since its introduction on 13 April 2019.

In terms of the increase in vehicle licence fees, the notice proposed an average increase of approximately 4.5%.

“This is in line with inflation. Licence fees are, among other activities, predominantly used for maintenance and building of the road infrastructure,” Bakker says.

Public comment must be lodged by Friday 13 December.

V More information is available at www.westerncape.gov.za/tpw which can be accessed on Thursday 21 November.

The public have been asked to comment on the allocation of a new provincial licence mark to all registering authorities of the Western Cape.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for transport and public works, published this notice in the provincial gazette on Friday 15 November.

“This move is a pre-emptive one, driven by the rate at which the department calls for input into new provincial licence mark for motor vehicles and vehicle licence fee increase. The current ‘CAA’ and ‘CAW’ licence numbers are fast approaching the 100 000 mark, both events expected to happen within the next month,” says Jandré Bakker, spokesperson for the department.

Other practical reasons for considering a provincial licence mark as opposed to adding more local marks to the existing ones are:

. a municipality having multiple licence marks allocated to its registering authorities, e.g. the City with the CA, CAA, CEY, CF, CFM, CFR and CY licence marks. This situation sometimes leads to the manipulation of address information on NaTIS where a vehicle owner favours a particular licence mark of another area over his/her local licence mark.

. more than one municipality shares the same licence mark, e.g. the municipalities of Theewaterskloof and Overstrand share the CAM licence mark.

. the current municipal areas do not in all respects align with the areas of the then department of inland revenue through which licence marks were originally established and allocated. This situation leads to a vehicle being allocated with a licence number that contains a licence mark (as programmed on NaTIS) at a registering authority that is not part of the local municipality of the vehicle owner – a situation where revenue (through vehicle licence fees) is then not paid to the correct municipality.

The department would like to advise the public, traffic law enforcement authorities, as well as certified number plate manufacturers that one of the five sizes of number plates that are legally allowed on vehicles registered before 1 January 2010 will not comply with the SABS standards (SANS code) if a 9-character licence number is used. Therefore, instead of the 440mm x 120mm size number plate, the 520mm x 113mm size must be used as this will enable motorists to still comply with the law. As at 12 November 2019, 81964 CAA numbers have been allocated since its introduction on 13 April 2019. Public comment must be lodged by Friday 13 December.

V More information is available at www.westerncape.gov.za/tpw which can be accessed on Thursday 21 November.

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