'DA intervention' secures delivery of paper for vehicle licence disks

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Post offices in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) on Monday took delivery of 14 000 sheets of the specialised paper used for the printing of vehicle licence disks, thanks to an 'intervention' by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape, the party said.

"I reported two weeks ago that a country-wide shortage of specialised paper at licencing centres had spread to the Eastern Cape, particularly NMBM. This meant 'face-value' licence disks could not be printed," said Marshall von Buchenroder, the DA's Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Transport.

"I have been given the assurance that, apart from yesterday’s delivery to the NMBM, stock will be delivered to all licencing offices in the province from the Government Printers by the end of the week.

"I, therefore, urge motorists to ensure that they renew their vehicle licences so they don’t fall foul of the law."

Von Buchenroder said that the DA is delighted that "the bureaucratic bungling in this matter has been addressed"

He said that in a well-run DA government, they would never allow a situation to develop where citizens are forced to drive vehicles with expired licence disks.

"Nor would we allow the economy to take a knock because car dealerships cannot sell and transfer vehicles," said von Buchenroder.

"Our provincial economy is in an extremely fragile state and every effort must be made to ensure that its wheels continue to turn smoothly."