Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has cleared the air on the controversial R250 booking fee to renew a driving licence, claiming the cost is no longer contemporary.
This week the Twin carriageway Website online visitors Administration Corporation (RTMC) used to be accused of charging motorists a contemporary R250 payment to construct an online booking for a slot in the queue to renew a driving licence.
Taking to social media, Mbalula mentioned experiences that the fee used to be contemporary had been “erroneous”.
“There is no contemporary fee,” he reiterated. “We beget got gazetted for public comment an added option to construct contemporary licence cards. In the future you wants in inform to construct them online and pay the R250 that you can beget paid had you opted for the recent option of DLTC [driving licence testing centre].”
The gazetted stare, with particulars for submitting feedback, would perchance be found right here.
The RTMC additionally issued a assertion, claiming the fee is no longer contemporary, neither is it additional.
“Driving licence cardholders are already paying for this fee when renewing their bank card structure driving licences at the licensing centres.
“It is money paid for the production of the bank card invent driving licence. The proposed trade seeks to construct it convenient for driving licence cardholders to construct this payment online when booking to renew driving licence cards,” mentioned the RTMC.
The corporation mentioned the online system will beef up provider offer, lower time spent in queues at the licensing centres, and result in powerful-wished convenience to the public and other stakeholders.
“To beef up efficiency and lower the time the public spends queuing at the licensing centres, it is miles proposed that the public can beget an option to construct online funds for renewal of driving licence cards or automobile licence disks and to beget these paperwork delivered at once to the tackle of their selection,” it mentioned.
The Automobile Association (AA) launched an online petition to concern the proposal, and mentioned it would continue to concern it till readability on the cost used to be offered in the gazette.
These who’re looking to concern the proposal beget till October 4 to keep the petition.
The AA’s Layton Beard mentioned the goal of the public petition is to beget the proposed fees no longer only clarified and amended, but additionally revised all the procedure down to was more reasonable for struggling motorists.
He mentioned the team hopes to beget fees standardised across provinces, and to convey attention to what it considers a “damaged” driving licence renewal and automobile registration system.