The Western Cape minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela, last week published notice in the Provincial Gazette calling for public comments on the allocation of a new provincial licence mark to all the registering authorities of the Western Cape.

According to the department this move is pre-emptive given the rate at which the current CAA and CAW licence numbers are fast approaching the 100 000 mark. “Other practical reasons for considering a provincial licence mark as opposed to adding more local marks to the existing ones, include, the manipulation of address information by vehicle owners favouring one licence mark over another, such as within the City of Cape Town which uses the CA, CAA, CEY, CF, CFM, CFR and CY licence marks,” the department said in a statement.

“In addition, more than one municipality shares the same licence mark, such as the municipalities of Theewaterskloof and Overstrand share the CAM licence mark. The current municipal areas do not in all respects align with the areas of the then Department of Inland Revenue through which licence marks were originally established and allocated. This situation leads to a vehicle being allocated with a licence number that contains a licence mark (as programmed on NaTIS) at a registering authority that is not part of the local municipality of the vehicle owner – a situation where revenue (through vehicle licence fees) is then not paid to the correct municipality.

“When the CAW licence mark reaches 100 000 licence numbers it will be replaced by the new licence mark CAG. This is an interim arrangement until such time that a new provincial licence mark is in place to cover all the areas of the province,” said the department.

The CAA licence mark will, however, be allowed to exceed 100 000, in the interim, as the higher than expected demand for CAA licence numbers will not allow for a new local licence mark to be published in time. This means that such a licence number will therefore consist of a combination of 9 characters. As at 12 November 2019, 81 964 CAA numbers have been allocated since its introduction on 13 April 2019.

Anyone who wants to comment on the content of the notice must do so before 13 December by submitting comments to and in the manner stipulated in the notice as published in the Provincial Gazette.

According to the Western Cape Government the average proposed increase in vehicle licence fees will be approximately 4.5%. “This is in line with inflation. Licence fees are, among other activities, predominantly used for maintenance and building of the road infrastructure,” it said.

At the same time the Department of Transport and the Road Traffic Management Corporation are reviewing South Africa’s current speed limits.

Department of Transport spokesperson Ayanda Allie-Paine said the proposal could see the baseline top speeds across the country’s roads reduced by 20km/h. This would effectively drop the speed limit on the country’s highways from 120km/h to 100km/h, while the top speeds on main roads would drop from 100km/h to 80km/h. Speeds in residential areas would decrease from 60km/h to 40km/h.

“Our road safety strategy has considered all these factors. Legislation is being reviewed to address and bring in place an edifice of various interventions to respond adequately to the challenge that South Africa is facing,” Allie-Paine said.

“Among these, a review of the international best practice on speed reductions, as is the case in countries such as Sweden and Australia. Due to the unique situation in South Africa, these cannot just be implemented without an impact assessment study,” she said.

The proposed review of speed limits comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act into law in August 2019 – introducing a new demerit system for South African drivers.

However, not all infringements will carry demerit-points with roughly half of the infringements contemplated in schedule 3 of the Aarto regulations carrying no demerit points at all. While the points and fines will likely change as the system prepares for a national roll-out, the tables below give an overview of how the points may be allocated as currently set out by the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA):

Infringement Fine amount Demerit points
Licences and miscellaneous
Driving an unregistered vehicle R500 1
Driving an unlicensed vehicle R5001
Driving a vehicle with licence plate not visible R5001
Driving without a driving licence R1 2504
Driving without a seat beltR2500
Driving under influence of intoxicating
substance
Determined by court 6
Driving while holding and using a cellphone R5001
Failing to stop
Skipping a stop sign (light vehicles)R5001
Skipping a stop sign (buses, trucks)R7502
Skipping a red light (light vehicles)R5001
Skipping a red light (buses, trucks)R7502
Failing to yield to a pedestrian R5001
Overtaking and overloading
Overtaking across a barrier line (light vehicles) R5001
Overtaking across a barrier line (buses, trucks) R7502
Overloading a vehicle with max 56,000kg combination mass by 12 to 13.99% R1 5005
Speeding
81-85km/h in a 60km/h zoneR7502
100km/h+ in a 60km/h zoneDetermined by court6
106-110km/h in an 80km/h zoneR1 0003
120km/h+ in an 80km/h zoneDetermined by court6
121-125km/h in a 100km/h zoneR7502
131-135km/h in a 100km/h zoneR1 2504
140km/h+ in a 100km/h zoneDetermined by court6
131-135km/h in a 120km/h zoneR2500
141-145km/h in a 120km/h zoneR7502
151-155km/h in a 120km/h zoneR1 2504
160km/h+ in a 120km/h zone Determined by court6

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