Motorists had to exercise patience this week when renewing their motor vehicle licences. According to one motorist, the queues were right out the door of the George Traffic Department on Monday while some stood in the hot sun, waiting for the new regulations to be implemented. Photo: Pauline Lourens
GEORGE NEWS - There are new regulations pertaining to the renewal of motor vehicles that require owners to go armed with the right documents to avoid unnecessary delays.
Motorists will not receive renewal notices and are advised to check their vehicle licence expiry date. Furthermore, they need to bring their ID, proof of their residential address and postal address (a recent municipal account), to the Traffic Department offices in Stasie Street (leading from Hope and Hibernia Street), George.
Besides that they need to bring their old vehicle registration form or their old licence disk bearing the necessary information to enable them to fill in the ALV (Green form for renewal).
A letter of authorisation is needed from their spouse if a motorist wants to renew his spouse's licence on his or her behalf.
The George Licensing Department will advise motorists what amount is payable. These steps are in place because the National Department of Transport is in the process of transferring the Electronic National Traffic Information System (eNatis) to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).
It is because of this that the authorities are not able to send these notices to motorists. The eNatis system is currently managed centrally at the national department, which includes the issuing of motor vehicle licence renewal notices.
Motorists can contact or visit the local licensing department in Stasie Street, George, for any further assistance and information. Please contact Annelise Nel at the George Traffic Department on 044 801 9311 or 801 9310. Motorists can also phone 0860 212 414 for more information.
The Licensing Department's office hours are from 08:00 to 15:30. On Wednesdays the opening time is 08:30 for compulsory training of e-natis transactions. The department operates through the lunch hour.
To avoid penalties, motorists are urged to take these steps before the 21 days grace period ends.
ARTICLE AND PHOTO: PAULINE LOURENS, GEORGE HERALD - JOURNALIST
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