"Just because the law says you may prescribe fees, it doesn’t say that you can prescribe fees at whatever you feel like prescribing them as," disputes Dembrovsky.
"The point is,what is the RTMC doing with the money that it gets already? When the RTMC comes and shows that it has reduced road carnage by 71.43%, then we can talk about a 71.43% in the transaction fees."The government expresses their increases in percentages, however because they are earning so much already, their percentage increase "looks" low.
"When we say that the CEO of the RTMC got a 31% salary increase and we compare that to the 71.43% hike in the transaction fees, we say well that’s not too bad. But that 71.43% equates to R30 and in his case, 31% equates to R2 million. That’s why state institutions love using percentages, because it skews your view," adds Dembrovsky. Why don't you get some cash in your pockets at the end of the month, just like our government officials? SAVE up to 35% on car insurance today!
"If the Minister gets away with this, what’s to prevent him from increasing the fees by 200% next year," says Dembrovsky.The Justice Project SA is currently awaiting a response from the Minister for his reasoning for the increase. If the reasoning is not adequate, Dembrovsky and his team will request a Promotion of Administrative Justice Act(PAJA) review. The review will possibly ensure that the increase is reasonable like in previous years.
"Unfortunately, I believe it falls on organisations such as ourselves, to represent the rights and interests of motorists to do something about it," explains Dembrovsky.So, all we can do is wait and see what transpires with the Minister. If he doesn't respond to the Justice Project, Dembrovsky is ready to take this matter further.
"I think it’s an unfortunate situation that we face in South Africa, where our politicians tend to think we, the people work for them. Ultimately, someone has to call them out."*To find out what you are currently paying for licence disc renewals, click here.
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