Guiding consumers since 2009

New number plates to be issued in 2017

By Jessica Anne Wood

The Department of Transport (DoT) has announced the introduction of a new licence plate format to be implemented in 2017. The new number plates will include several additional features, and according to the DoT will need to be renewed every five years.

In a statement released by the DoT, it explained: “As part of regulating and commissioning of motorised vehicle number plates in South Africa, the Department of Transport embarked on a process to standardise as well as improve the security features of the South African motor vehicle number plate.”

The reasons for the new number plates

The vulnerability of current number plates is something that the DoT aims to address with the new system. “The operability of the current South African number plate is prone to abuse by unregistered number plate manufacturers. Equally, the system in its current form is also taken advantage of by criminals who clone vehicles and commit other forms of crime.”

Among the new improvements to the number plate system, the regulations will ensure that manufacturers are regulated. This will ensure that the department can account for every number plate that is issued through coding.

“On the issue of standardisation, MinMec is currently considering various options including the use of the national flag as well Provincial Coat of Arms to improve on road safety,” added the DoT.

What will the new number plates look like?

There are a number of elements that will appear on the new number plates. These are:

  • The South African Bureau of Standards certification mark on the bottom right of the number plate.
  • The South African National Flag.
  • The province name.
  • A four dimensional bar code with a QR code containing the “registration number of the manufacturer of blank number plates, registration number of manufacturer of the reflective sheeting for number plates and the registration number of the embosser of the number plate.

In addition to the above, the new numbers will also be colour dependent. Each colour will represent a different type of vehicle. These are:

  • Public transport vehicles will have black lettering and numbering.
  • General vehicles and personalised number plates will be in blue.
  • Government vehicles will feature red text.
  • Diplomatic vehicles will have green lettering and numbering.

The cost of the new number plates is not yet available. The DoT did not respond to queries regarding the cost at the time of publication.

Recent Articles

Featured Financial conflict can lead to divorce – here’s how to prevent it

Talking about money is an intimate matter, and it may be uncomfortable for couples who’ve managed to avoid this discussion. However, it will become necessary at some point or other. Do you think you’re ready to talk to your partner about money?

This is how much you should spend on accommodation

As your salary changes over time, your expenses will change too. But what if you’re spending an exceedingly large percentage of your income on accommodation? Is it feasible or even recommended in our current stressful financial climate?

How to be “future greedy” with passive income

Setting up numerous streams of income is a safe way to protect yourself from the loss of your main stream of income. Better yet, setting up passive streams of income will ensure you always have money coming in, without costing you additional working hours. So, what is “passive income”, and how can you earn this?

Can your debt be cancelled?

It sometimes happens that you struggle so much to pay your debt that you think of asking your creditor to write it off. But debt doesn’t just get written off. There are conditions that must be met and procedures that must be followed before the creditor cancels your debt.



FNB senior customers can earn up to 30% back in eBucks at Clicks

Price: Available on request
When: From 5 August 2020
Where: Nationwide

Bakwena Spa Women’s Day Special

Price: R549 per person
When: Until 31 August 2020
Where: Centurion, Hartbeespoort, Kuils River

Dis-Chem Pap Test Special

Price: R180
When: From 3 August to 11 September 2020
Where: Nationwide

Latest Guide

Guide to debt rehabilitation solutions