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Johannesburg - Vehicle licensing fees in the Eastern Cape will increase by 8.5 percent from April 1, the provincial transport department said on Friday.

Transport MEC Thandiswa Marawu said in a statement the increase was based on the average inflation rate of about 5.86 percent.

It was also in line with the standardisation of motor licence fees across provinces, with the Eastern Cape closing the gap to the highest-charging province.

The fee for a 3500kg truck would be R1746 a year, up R138 on last year. For a truck or bus of 7000kg the fee would be R8304, up R1392.

The fee for a motor vehicle with a tare weight of 1751kg would increase to R654, up R54 on last year; that for a small vehicle with a tare of 1001kg to 1250kg would be R402, up R30; and for a medium-sized one with a tare of 2001kg to 2250kg, it would be R792, up R66.

The licence for a vehicle with a tare of 3001kg to 3250kg would cost R1482, an increase of R114; and the licence for a vehicle with a tare of 4001kg to 4250kg would cost R2328, up R180.

National transport department spokesman Tiyani Rikhotso said the fees applied only in the Eastern Cape, as each provinces adjusted its own licence fees each year. - Sapa