Johannesburg - The South African Post Office has urged Gauteng motorists to ensure their car licences are up to date before they go on holiday to other parts of the country this festive season.

Spokesman Johan Kruger said: “Many car owners are not aware that their car licence has expired and then end up collecting traffic fines while travelling to their holiday destinations.”

There are 75 post office branches in Gauteng where motor vehicle owners can renew their motor vehicle licences. Kruger said that by law, a motor licence renewal had to be done in the province where the vehicle was registered, which meant that Gauteng citizens will not be permitted to renew their motor vehicle licences while they are on holiday in another province.

‘Convenient last mile’

Geert Bataille, head of the Post Office's Retail division, said motorists should remember to bring along their latest proof of residence and identity document when they want to renew their car licence at a Post Office branch, as this is a legal requirement.

“During the past financial year, more than 3.7 million motor vehicle licences were renewed at a branch of the SA Post Office. That is because we are a convenient last mile that is extremely accessible to all our customers. In Gauteng alone, we have 420 points of presence - far more than any other services provider,” Bataille said.

Motorists who collect a traffic fine from the Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban or Potchefstroom authorities could now pay the fine when they return to Gauteng at any Post Office countrywide, Bataille said.

African News Agency

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