KZN can get more li­cence fees by ask­ing less

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

SATUR­DAYS be­tween 9 am to 10 am, Wit­ness Wheels co- hosts the morn­ing car show on Cap­i­tal 104 fm, broad­cast­ing to the Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Car en­thu­si­ast Brian Bas­sett most re­cently had as his stu­dio guests vet­eran car club mem­ber Fred Racher and Wheels editor Al­wyn Viljoen.

Viljoen stated KZN has the high­est li­cens­ing fees in South Africa, adding many fleet own­ers are open­ing of­fices in neigh­bour­ing provinces to reg­is­ter their fleets there, thus los­ing the prov­ince mil­lions in rev­enue, and urged the pro­vin­cial govern­ment to lower li­cense fees so that fleet own­ers will spend lo­cal.

Racher told how a friend saves R2 000 a month by reg­is­ter­ing his ve­hi­cles in Mpumalanga.

Viljoen called on the pro­vin­cial govern­ment to stop be­ing so ra­pa­cious and drop the fees.

Pack spare tyres

Racher told how he once had two blowouts on new tyres driv­ing through the East­ern Cape’s pot­holes.

His Jaguar did not come with a full size spare, but be­ing a vet­eran driver he packed one, as well as the “Marie Bis­cuit” wheel.

He urged ev­ery­one on 19- inch rims with low pro­file tyres to en­sure they have full sized spare tyres when go­ing away.

New Hilux, same leg­end

Viljoen dis­cussed the new Hilux, which has been for sev­eral years the over­all best sell­ing ve­hi­cle in South Africa.

He said the new bakkies of­fer a much smoother ride than what the 12- year- old Hilux was known for but still give lots of power at low revs.

He ad­vised lis­ten­ers to test drive the new ute at McCarthy PMB.

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