The Department of Transport’s Motor Transport Services unit has made significant contributions in ensuring an efficient delivery of its services. The unit manages the renewal of approximately 1.6 million vehicle licences annually, serves 2.8 million citizens a year, and generates in excess of R1.6 billion in revenue.
As part of ensuring that services are delivered to the public, the unit’s focus has been to extend services to various parts of the province, including the relocation of Registering Authorities in Tugela Ferry, Mbongintwini, Bergville, Richmond, Plessislaer, Mbazwana and Hlabisa, bringing the total number of registering authorities to 79 province wide.
Furthermore, the department anticipates to open one additional registering authority in Maphumulo in the current financial year.
“The majority of the department’s revenue is derived from vehicle registration and licence fees. In the last financial year, R1.6 billion revenue was generated from vehicle registration and licencing fees. R24.7 million of this amount was collected at the Provincial registering authority (Choice Numbers). The revenue attained is utilised in provincial development programmes,” said KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda.
“In this regard, we remain committed to the attainment of a corruption-free motor vehicle industry, by continually improving our systems and processes in order to eradicate fraud and corruption, which is prevalent amongst certain sectors of the motoring public,” he further said.
The department expects to collect R74 million in transactional fees for the RTMC for the 2017/18 financial year, and R108 million will be paid to appointed vehicle registration and licensing agency offices for the performance of this agency function. A total revenue collection from motor vehicle licenses of R1.7 billion is projected for the 2018/19 financial year, upon implementation of the annual 4 percent increase in license fees.