Driving license renewal process, confusion
The Minister of Roads and Transport, Fikile Mbalula, took to Twitter to dispute claims that he had instituted a price increase for the renewal of drivers licenses and the booking fees. He highlighted that this was currently a proposed amendment on the Government Gazette. The draft amendment regulates fees that may be charged for NaTIS related services. An example of the fees to be amended is a fee of R250 for an online booking for the renewal of the card type driving license, as stated in the draft regulation 2(3)(d).
The notice lists the fees for several services that will be provided by the RTMC in the driving license renewal process.
A R250 online booking fee for the renewal of a credit card format driving license.
A R99 fee for the delivery of a credit card form driving license.
A transaction fee of R72.
News24 Report is False
There is no new fee. We have gazetted for public comment an added option to make new license cards. In future you should be able to make them Online & pay the R250 you would have paid had you opted for the current option of DLTC center. https://t.co/xvClBqkoE7 pic.twitter.com/h9XQHJ7jkh
— |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) September 8, 2021
South Africans expressed their unhappiness at this proposal, and voiced their concerns on he various social media platforms.
Mbalula addressed the matter as that they gazette for public comment an added option to make new license card online and pay the R250 one would have paid for the current option at the Driving License Testing Centre.
How the fnck could an on-line option be more expensive than an over-the-counter option? ANC economics? Or are you once again adding a few comrades to the trough? @jsteenhuisen
— Southpaw (@OriginalVander) September 8, 2021
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula published a draft amendment to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) Regulations, 2007 in the Government Gazette Nr. 45085 on 3 September 2021 for comments.
The Road and Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) rejected the claim that motorists will now be charged a new R250 payment to make an online booking for a slot in the queue to renew a driving license and claimed it to be an existing fee.
The Department of Transport (DoT) spokesperson, Sam Monareng in an interview with Moneyweb on Tuesday explained that the RTMC had clarified the issue and confirmed that the transaction fee has remained unchanged at R72, while the R250 fee is the cost that is currently paid when motorists apply for a new driving license card.