The Western Cape Government has announced that it is encouraging the public to participate in commenting on the draft regulation on motor vehicle licence fee increases for the province. The draft regulation opened on January 9, and will remain open until February 8.

“We have continued to publish these draft regulations for comment to allow the more than 2 million vehicle owners in the Western Cape the opportunity to submit their comments. This year, the proposed fee increases amount to an average 3% for the Western Cape, a figure well below inflation,” provincial government said in a statement.

The Western Cape Provincial Government relies on vehicle licence fees to:

– Build, upgrade and maintain the provincially-owned road network.

– Assist municipalities to fund the maintenance of their more strategic roads.

These fees, along with budgetary allocations, help keep the Western Cape’s roads in good condition, and during the 2017/18 financial year, 94,8% of vehicle kilometres travelled on surfaced roads were travelled on roads in fair or very good condition.

A total of 7019 km of provincial roads are in a fair to very good condition.

“During this period 63 080 square metres of surfaced roads were upgraded, 915 772 square metres of surfaced roads were rehabilitated, 45 997km of gravel roads were bladed and 22km of gravel roads were upgraded to surfaced roads,” Government said. “This is in addition to the construction or upgrading of 6 bridges and 76 culverts. Our roads are an asset with an approximate value of R68 billion and they are consumed, over time, by the close to 2 million vehicle owners in the Western Cape and other users.”

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