Gauteng authorities will increase the cost of the new card-style driver’s licence by R300 from Monday for the more than 500 000 motorists who still need to convert.

Gauteng authorities will increase the cost of the new card-style driver’s licence by R300 from Monday for the more than 500 000 motorists who still need to convert.

Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa said the extra R300 would be an administration fee to finance extra measures needed to process all outstanding licence conversions before the deadline.

The department of transport said last week that it was considering adding an administration fee to the cost in all the provinces as so few people had made use of the deadline extension until the end of April.

Automobile Association spokesman Gary Ronald told the that the Gauteng officials were entitled to add the R300 penalty. He said the law allowed for a penalty of R5 a month for every month for which the motorist was late.

However, Ronald pointed out that the higher fee for conversion could result in further delays because people had not budgeted for the extra R300 and would have to wait until they had this money.

The AA said it was still considering asking the Pretoria High Court to clarify whether the old licences could be made illegal after the deadline. "We are still awaiting a response from the department of transport on our legal opinion, which states that all licences, no matter when issued, are legal. If they do not agree with that opinion, we will go ahead and seek the order," Ronald said.