I need to know,what are the penalties of being late for Vehicle License Renewal and can one be arrested and fined upto R1500.00 please assist?
Your question may seem like one which should have a simple answer associated with it, but unfortunately it is not as simple as it seems.
At best, it can be seen as failing to renew one’s license disc for which a fine can be issued in the quantum of R500 may be issued under AARTO – or the amount as specified by a Magistrate in areas where AARTO is not in force.
At worst, failing to renew one’s license disc is a serious offence in that a vehicle that does not display a valid license disc is considered to be unlicensed and therefore unroadworthy and many traffic authorities view this as a reason to impound the said vehicle.
The National Road Traffic Regulations makes provision for late licensing penalty fees which can and do severely impact on the amount of money one has to part with in order to licence a vehicle that has an expired licence disc and it is here that things get “tricky” as the combined late licensing and penalty fees increase the amount payable by huge quantum’s and do allow licensing authorities to refuse to process any transaction until such time as the penalties and fees are paid. This is often confused with them being allowed to take the motorist’s money and then refuse to issue the licence disc but the National Road Traffic Regulations are quite clear on this.
The following provisions of the regulations have reference:
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