Motorists who have not changed to the credit-card style driver’s licence by April 1 may face an extra R500 to R1 000 “administrative fee”.

Motorists who have not changed to the credit-card style driver’s licence by April 1 may have to pay an extra R500 to R1000.

Lisa Mangcu, manager of road traffic operation police at the department of transport, told CARtoday.com that only 9 001 motorists had applied for the new document during the first three days of this week.

“About one million people must still apply and we have to process 31 000 motorists a day to meet our deadline of April 30. It does not look like we will make it and those motorists who miss the deadline will lose their licence,” he said. Traffic departments were processing about 44 000 applications a day at the end of February.

Mangcu said that an “administration fee” might be added to the application cost after March. “Motorists have been given a two-month extension and as soon as the announcement was made they left the queues. They expect the traffic departments to double up staff and work late again when there’s another rush at the end of April. So we are considering charging those who apply in April an administration fee to cover the extra security, staff, and equipment that will be needed for the last-minute rush,” he said.

Mangcu said a decision would be made before the end of March and would be gazetted in every province.

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Original article from Car