Question:

My licence disc was cut out of the paper invoice that the new disc came on. My son is young and tends to do these things. Now I have the paper invoice on my dashboard but the round disc has gone missing. Is this legal or will I get a fine?

Answer:

Unfortunately, you are required to display the licence disc itself, not the document on which it was printed.  Regulation 36 of the National Road Traffic Act (below) states this.

 

36. Display of licence disc or licence and roadworthy certificate disc

(1) The owner of a motor vehicle shall display a licence disc or licence and roadworthy

certificate disc, whichever the case may be, issued in respect of such motor vehicle—

(a) if the motor vehicle is fitted with a transparent windscreen, by affixing it on the lower

left hand corner in such a manner that the print on the face of the licence disc or

licence and roadworthy certificate disc, whichever the case may be, is clearly legible

from the outside to a person standing in front or to the left front of such vehicle;

(b) if the motor vehicle is not fitted with a transparent windscreen, by affixing it in a

conspicuous position on the left front side of such motor vehicle in such a manner that

the print on the face of such a licence disc or licence and roadworthy certificate disc,

whichever the case may be, is clearly legible from that side; or

(c) if such licence disc or licence and roadworthy certificate disc, whichever the case may

be, is required to be displayed on a motor vehicle in a position where it is exposed to

the weather, be protected by affixing such licence disc or licence and roadworthy

certificate disc, whichever the case may be, on the inside of the transparent front of a

durable watertight holder.

 

Since you have a practical problem here, I would suggest that the best thing to do would be to go to your licensing authority and ask them to supply you with a duplicate licence disc.  A fee will be charged, but they should provide it to you without too much hassle.

Best Regards,

Howard Dembovsky

National Chairman – Justice Project South Africa (NPC)

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3 thoughts on “You need to display the vehicle licence disc itself, not the document on which it was printed!

  1. siyabonga

    Hi, I paid for the roadworthy licence on time but. I was on another province so they email it to me and I printed it out. And put it there. Unfortunately when I returned back home its was out of 21 days grace period I got a fine for copy and not carrying the original.

    2) on. That fine I thought according to law it’s must show 2 alternative fines but he didn’t show it he only show one. I just like to know the process in which they follow on issuing fine if they find you in position of a copy of licence disk ?

  2. Judith Elliott

    I would like to know what the procedure is for issuing a false fine. In light of my question, my husband was issued with a R500 for not displaying his license disc but in full view of anybody who can see the license disc is on the windscreen as it expires in 2015. Now my question to that is, how can a traffic officer give a fine when the license disc is displayed? Are they trying to make a quick buck or what???

  3. William

    Hi.
    my car was stolen and recovered before the license disk expired, the unfortunate thing is that they removed the license disk on the windscreen(original), now i dd everything necessary after recovering the vehicle e.g. Clearance etc.

    I went to ask for the duplicate of the licence disk, and i was told that i must pay the full amount as if im renewing it…. i showed them the licence document stating that the disk is still valid….. how ever I lost the battle.

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