SA number plates are NOT changing – yet

By admin
11 August 2016

Yesterday, it was reported that a whole new license plate system would be introduced in 2017. But Department of Transport has rubbished the claims.

The national Department of Transport has rubbished claims they've set the wheels in motion to change SA's number plates.

A "Government Gazette" announcing the new plates will be introduced in 2017 caused a furore when it started doing the rounds online yesterday.

But Department spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi told the Cape Times the document is not real.

“The document that has been doing the rounds is not authentic, and neither has the department made a determination to the effect reflected therein,” he said.

He said they department would be looking in to the source of the hoax.

“We condemn the fabricated document with the contempt it deserves and urge all South Africans to ignore it while we investigate its source,” he said.

Yesterday Wheels24 reported a whole new system would be introduced next year, along with the new plates.

The outlet cites a Transport Department source who explained the new plates would have to be renewed every five years.

But Alta Swanepoel, editor of Lexis Nexis Road Traffic Legislation, told the Times the confusion arose after a freight trucking conference she was speaking at last week.

"It was during my presentation of some 60 slides that I spoke about two government gazettes, published in 2014 and 2015, that I said company owners must not forget about the proposed number plate changes which are up for public comment.

"Somehow from this conference someone came to the conclusion that the number plates were to come into effect next year.

"There is definitely no date yet for when these new number plates will be implemented."

Sources: IOL, TimesLive, Wheels24, Arrive Alive

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