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Eastern Cape Department of Transport plans new weighbridges

Nov 20, 2014
Eastern Cape Department of Transport plans new weighbridges

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport plans to construct new weighbridge facilities “at optimal locations” in the province and ensure that the existing ones “remain operational”.

Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in the Bhisho Legislature yesterday, Finance MEC Sakhumzi Somyo pointed out that the Department of Transport contributed “the bulk of provincial own revenue from motor vehicle license fees (MVLF).

The fees, he explained were based on the vehicle population and individual tariffs based on vehicle tare weight.

Somnyo acknowledged that the annual tariff increase for MVLF and miscellaneous fees was higher in the Eastern Cape than other provinces “as the Eastern Cape is closing the gap with higher-charging provinces”.

He said the tariff increase was projected to stay at the same level over the next three years which was in line with the standardization of MVLF and miscellaneous fees across all provinces.

He said the “strategic placement” of weighbridges “aims to address the overloading issue of heavy duty vehicles.

“As a further measure to deal with the impact of heavy duty vehicles, the focus has shifted to license fees of vehicles up to 3 500 kilograms and exceeding 3 500 kilograms, which are the vehicle categories that have the greatest scope for revenue improvement”.

He said ensuring all existing weighbridges were operational would further increase revenue from fines and penalties.

The MEC said the projected increase in revenue collected by the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board was due to the operations of three Bingo halls, adding that three additional halls were expected to be operational by the end of this year.

Revenue would also increase with the licensing of a further nine Bingo halls and the review of casino fees by the Gambling Board as well as liquor license fees by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board. -MetroMinutes

Photo courtesy of weighbridgeafrica.com.