Are there any possibility that a licensing authority can refuse to renew a car license because of any outstanding fines ?
Yes there are but it must be made clear that this does not extend to traffic fines that have not reached legislated stages.
These stages are as follows:
- If an Enforcement Order has been issued in terms of the AARTO Act; or
- If a Warrant of Arrest has been issued in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act.
If you get an R114 statement of account from the licensing authority, you will note that it lists traffic fines, as well as licensing fees and penalties. Most commonly, licensing transactions are blocked because outstanding licensing fees and penalties thereon exist.
Regulation 59 of the National Road Traffic Regulations state the following
59. Arrear fees for licensing of motor vehicle or motor trade number
(1) If application is made for the licensing of a motor vehicle or motor trade number in a month following the
month in which liability for the licensing of such motor vehicle or motor trade number arose, arrear licence fees,
calculated at one twelfth per month of the annual licence fees from the first day of the month in which liability for
such licensing arose until the last day of the month preceding the month in which application is made, shall be
(2) If a person who owes any penalties or fees in terms of the provisions of this Act to any registering
authority or driving licence testing centre, applies for any transaction, the registering authority or driving licence
testing centre to whom such application is made, may refuse to effect the transaction applied for or, in the case of
an application for the licensing of a motor vehicle at a registering authority, refuse to issue a licence disc to the
applicant, until such penalties and fees have been paid, and may apply any amount tendered in settlement of such
penalties and fees due.
[Subr.(2) substituted by r. 25, GNR.1341 of 23 September 2003 w.e.f. 23 July 2004.]
(3) If a person who has committed an offence in terms of this Act failed to appear in a Court of Law and as a
result of such failure a warrant of arrest of such person has been issued, applies for any transaction, the registering
authority or driving licence testing centre to whom such application is made, may refuse to effect the transaction
applied for or, in the case of an application for the licensing of a motor vehicle at a registering authority, the
registering authority may refuse to issue a licence disc to the applicant.
[Subr.3 inserted by r. 16, GNR.404 w.e.f. 4 May 2007.]
In simple terms, what this all means is that licensing transactions may be refused if:
- Outstanding licensing fees and/or penalties on licensing fees exist;
- If a Warrant of Arrest has been issued against the name of the registered owner; and/or
- If an AARTO Enforcement Order been issued against the name of the registered owner.
A licence disc may also be withheld if the vehicle in question does not have a valid roadworthy certificate.
Licensing authorities MAY NOT withhold a licensing transaction because there are “outstanding traffic fines”. They may inform the alleged offender that they exist, but that’s about it.
But because eNaTIS automatically withholds licence discs when other conditions exist, licensing authorities who are part of the traffic authorities in the municipalities they operate, incorrectly tell people that it is the outstanding traffic fines that are causing the licence disk or other licensing transaction not being allowed. Effectively, the con people into believing that this is so, instead of being honest. It’s a very sad situation.
National Chairman – Justice Project South Africa (NPC)