Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Automobile Association (AA) launches an online petition against the proposed amended fees for the registration of motor vehicles, online bookings and renewal of driving licence.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula proposed a charge to motorists of R250 for online bookings to renew driving licences, R700 for online registrations of motor vehicles, and R700 for online change of ownership of motor vehicles.
The proposal was made in a government gazette, which is now published for public comment.
The AA says it will make a formal submission to the department highlighting its concerns.
“The Automobile Association says the proposed fees – seen in the context of the poor to non-existent service delivery rendered by the RTMC currently –seek to extract as much revenue from already cash-strapped citizens without providing any associated benefit to them,” said Beard.
AA spokesperson Layton Beard says the proposed fees are beyond outrageous.
“The driving licence renewal and vehicle registration system is broken and must be replaced. Yet amid all the delays and extensions the only viable option government sees is to announce new fees for services that aren’t actually rendered. Why should citizens who are already paying taxes be expected to pay even more simply to make online bookings.”
He said the proposals are published at a time when millions of motorists cannot renew their licences through no fault of their own, and a time when many people are struggling financially.
“These proposed fees must be seen in the context of the RTMC’s stated surplus for 2019/2020 of close on R262 million which already indicates motorists are being substantially over-charged for services rendered by the corporation,” says Beard.
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