KZN TRANSPORT’S ATTEMPTS TO JUSTIFY HIGH LICENCE RENEWAL FEES

RADLEY KEYS, MPP

DA KZN SPOKESPERSON ON TRANSPORT

ATTEMPTS by the KwaZulu-Natal transport department, to justify the reasons for the province having the highest licence renewal costs, are devious in the extreme.

KZN drivers are currently paying R250 to renew their driving licences. Meanwhile, motorists in the Western Cape pay just R140. If the licence is paid after expiry, KZN drivers must pay R340 while in the Western Cape it’s R185. After KZN, the next most expensive fee for driving licence renewal fees is Gauteng at R228. Claims by the department, that the high renewal fee is in place to top up this year’s R13.5-billion budget shortfall are misleading and a pathetic attempt to justify the discrepancy in fees between KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of the country. The reality is that the licence renewal fee is an administrative fee. It does not go towards upgrading roads, constructing new roads or any other such contracts. Neither is there cross-subsidisation within any of the provincial government departments. This begs the question – what are KZN motorists getting in return for paying a heftier licence renewal fee?

Lack of planning and poor management has led to massive wasteful expenditure within the province’s transport department. Efforts to rationalise the excessive licence renewal fee in KZN are a mere guise for what it is essentially the fleecing of road users.

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