By Lukhangele Mayende
The Eastern Cape Department of Transport has eased the burden on motorists in order to renew their motor licence.
As of April 6, open borders have been implemented where motor owners may renew their motor licence wherever they are in the Eastern Cape Province. However the registration of a new vehicle or where ownership is changing hands may only be done at an appropriate registering authority, meaning where the owner resides.
MEC for transport in the province, Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe said the regulation 26 of the National Road Traffic Act 93/1996 (NTRA 19196), stipulates that the motor vehicle licence will be valid for a period of 12 months. On expiry of such motor licence, the owner thereof shall be liable for renewal of such at the appropriate registering authority. The latest provision relaxes this regulation.
“We are easing these regulations to meet our people halfway, as a caring government we saw their plight moving from one municipality to another for the renewal of their motor licence, hence we saw it necessary to amend some parts in the National Traffic Act of 93/1996,” said MEC Tikana Gxothiwe.
She further called on motorists to make use of this opportunity and renew their motor licence in all districts, as this contributes towards the revenue which is re-invested to the province for the development of our communities. It should be noted that other regulations such as Regulation 24 (Manner of application for licensing of motor vehicle) still exist and apply where motor vehicle is expected to be renewed within 21 days after it has expired, and be registered by the owner.
In retrospect, it should be noted that other regulations such as Regulation 24 (Manner of application for licensing of motor vehicle) still exist and apply where motor licence is expected to be renewed within 21 days after it has expired, and be registered by the owner.