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National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996)


National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000

Chapter III : Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicles, and Registration of Manufacturers, Builders and Importers, and Manufacturers of Number Plates

Part I : Registration and licensing of motor vehicles

23. Date on which motor vehicle to be licensed


(1) Subject to the provisions of subregulation (3), liability for the licensing of a motor vehicle shall arise on the date—
(a) on which liability for the registration of such motor vehicle arises in terms of regulation 7;
(b) on which a new licence number is allocated as referred to in regulation 29;
(c) on which a personalised licence number is allocated under regulation 28(5);
(d) referred to in regulation 31(1);
(e) of expiry of the licence of such motor vehicle in terms of regulation 26;
(f) of release by the South African Police Service, if it is a motor vehicle which has been stolen and has not been deregistered in terms of regulation 54(4), and has been recovered;
(fA) of release by the South African Police Service of an impounded vehicle referred to in regulation 55A, if that vehicle is released after the date of expiry of the licence of that vehicle;

[Regulation 23(1)(fA) inserted by regulation 10 of Notice No. 2116 of 2001]

(g) a new operator card is required for such motor vehicle in terms of regulations 267 or 270;
(h) determined by the MEC concerned in any circumstances not contemplated in the foregoing provisions.


(2) The date of liability referred to in subregulation (1)(e) shall be construed to arise on the first day of the month following the date of expiry of the existing licence.


(3) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Part, a motor vehicle referred to in subregulation (1), may, during a period of 21 days after the date referred to in that subregulation, be operated on a public road while the licence number allocated to such motor vehicle and the licence disc issued in respect of such motor vehicle prior to the date on which the motor vehicle licence and licence disc became null and void, are displayed in the manner contemplated in regulations 35 and 36.


(4) If it is in issue in any civil or criminal proceedings whether an alleged date is the date referred to in subregulation (1), the date alleged to be the date referred to in subregulation (1), shall, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, be deemed to be the date referred to in the said subregulation.