Onus on the own­ers

Driv­ers must make a plan as li­cence de­lays con­tinue

The Witness - Wheels - - INDUSTRY - — Sup­plied.

AS we con­tinue through March, there is still no clear ex­pla­na­tion of the on­go­ing de­lays re­gard­ing the is­su­ing of ve­hi­cle li­cence discs. This is a prob­lem as­so­ci­ated with the non- is­suance of ve­hi­cle li­cence re­newal let­ters to mo­torists.

The Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion ( AA) con­tin­ues to re­ceive nu­mer­ous queries daily re­gard­ing this prob­lem, and the steps mo­torists must take to re­solve the is­sue.

It is our un­der­stand­ing that the is­su­ing of the ve­hi­cle li­cence re­newal let­ters re­lates to the con­trol of the elec­tronic Na­tional Traf­fic In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem ( eNatis). The sys­tem is cur­rently man­aged by a com­pany called Tasima. In De­cem­ber 2015, the Supreme Court of Ap­peal ( SCA) over­turned an ear­lier high court rul­ing that Tasima hand over the sys­tem to the Depart­ment of Trans­port and the Road Traf­fic Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion ( RTMC).

While the au­thor­i­ties are silent on the num­bers, our ex­pe­ri­ence is that the bulk of mo­torists who should be re­ceiv­ing li­cence re­newal let­ters, are not. This com­pli­cates the is­su­ing of new li­cence discs, and is re­sult­ing in un­nec­es­sary de­lays at li­cenc­ing au­thor­i­ties, as mo­torists must now com­plete a re­newal doc­u­ment be­fore hav­ing their ap­pli­ca­tions dealt with; a process that was pre­vi­ously stream­lined by is­su­ing the re­newal form with all the rel­e­vant de­tail at­tached.

De­spite th­ese is­sues, the AA has been as­sured by the South African Post Of­fice ( Sapo) that it is pro­cess­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. In a writ­ten re­ply to our queries, the Sapo said:

“We have ex­pe­ri­enced oc­ca­sional iso­lated in­ci­dences where the eNatis net­work has been tem­po­rar­ily off­line, and on each oc­ca­sion Tasima is no­ti­fied to ad­dress the tech­ni­cal glitch as the ve­hi­cle re­newal pro­cesses op­er­ate on a sep­a­rate IT plat­form to the SA Post Of­fice. Mo­torists who are not in pos­ses­sion of re­newal no­tices are fur­nished with a re­newal form to com­plete on­site at the SA Post Of­fice branches, and this form can be fully com­pleted within a short pe­riod of time.

“As the SA Post Of­fice did not an­tic­i­pate the vol­umes of mo­torists seek­ing to re­new their ve­hi­cle li­cences while not in pos­ses­sion of re­newal no­tices, we have ex­pe­ri­enced some in­ci­dents in other SA Post Of­fice branches where the de­mand for the re­newal forms sur­passed our sup­ply.

“This sit­u­a­tion is cur­rently be­ing ad­dressed to speed up the ve­hi­cle re­newal pro­cesses in each out­let.”

While the AA is pleased that the Sapo is at­tempt­ing to as­sist mo­torists as far as it can, we be­lieve the root cause of the is­sues needs to be proac­tively ad­dressed to avoid the po­ten­tial risks as­so­ci­ated with non- re­newals.

“All ef­forts by the Depart­ment of Trans­port, both na­tion­ally and lo­cally, need to be in­ten­si­fied to un­block this prob­lem. Mo­torists who ex­pe­ri­ence ex­ces­sive de­lays in re­new­ing their ve­hi­cle li­cence discs may, at some point, pro­cras­ti­nate in re­new­ing their li­cences and in­ad­ver­tently cre­ate a sit­u­a­tion that may re­sult in many un­li­censed cars on our roads,” the AA said.

The AA has also ad­vised mo­torists to check their li­cence discs them­selves to as­cer­tain when they ex­pire. This will also avoid you hav­ing to be re­minded of your disc ex­pir­ing by traf­fic po­lice who clearly seem to be fo­cus­ing their ef­forts on check­ing for ex­pired li­cence discs. “A good idea is to put a re­minder on your cell­phone to warn you when the li­cence disc is up for re­newal. Whether you get a re­minder in the mail or not, re­new­ing your li­cence is still your re­spon­si­bil­ity, one you should take very se­ri­ously,” the AA said.

To en­sure a smoother ex­pe­ri­ence when re­new­ing your li­cence disc, re­mem­ber to take iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with you, along with a proof of res­i­dence.

Ac­cord­ing to the Sapo, this proof of res­i­dence can in­clude a util­ity, cloth­ing or tele­phone ( land­line or cell­phone) ac­count. If the ac­count is not in your name, the per­son in whose name it is, must pro­vide an af­fi­davit or af­fir­ma­tion that you live there. The forms to be com­pleted can be col­lected from Sapo branches be­fore­hand to com­plete be­fore go­ing in. Re­newal forms can also be down­loaded from http:// www. enatis . com

‘ Put a re­minder on your cell­phone to warn you when the li­cence disc is up for re­newal

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