Adulting: More motoring matters

A bit of good news for (some) motorists: Petrol prices were lowered by 12c a litre on Wednesday. Unfortunately for the diesel heads, the price of diesel rose by 98c (0.05% sulphur) and 92c (0.005% sulphur). Paraffin also rose by 79.60c per litre.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered an oil price shock. Russia, the world’s third-largest producer of crude oil, has been locked out of Western markets, pushing oil prices higher. 

The price of fuel in South Africa has risen dramatically in the past year. South Africa buys oil in dollars. Factors like international oil prices and the rand-dollar exchange rate have an impact on how much motorists end up paying.

While it may now be cheaper to fill your tank, don’t hold your breath for an end of licensing backlogs any time soon. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says that the latest driving licence “grace period” would not be extended. Motorists have until 5 May 2022 to renew their expired cards… that’s today!

Mbalula said his department had planned ahead for the large number of people expected to arrive to renew their licence before the end of the period. These include two more hours of open time at licensing centres and even having centres open on weekends.

The Public Servants Association has called for Mbalula to extend the grace period, which has previously been extended three times, citing system challenges and says that Mbalula needs to “reassess the situation”.

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