Cape Town – The City is testing the use of card payment facilities at its motor vehicle registration office at the Civic Centre.
The use of card payment facilities will be for one week before the City expands this service to other motor vehicle registration facilities across Cape Town, such as the Promenade Mall, Milnerton, Khayelitsha and Plumstead.
On the first day of the pilot, more than 100 credit and debit card transactions were processed.
The city-wide roll out to motor vehicle registration offices is expected to take approximately two months. According to deputy mayor Ian Neilson, the expansion of card payment facilities for the payment of rates and tariff accounts and traffic fines will take a bit longer as system upgrades are required.
The City will accept payments of up to R5000 per transaction by credit or debit card, or any other means of payment which does not hold any cost implications.
“This amount covers most transactions by our clients,” Neilson said, “be it for motor vehicle licences, rates, services bills or other sundry payments. The City will, however, reclaim the relevant banking fee for any payment over R5000.”
As electronic payments carry the lowest bank charges, more than 60 percent of payments to the City are via this method.
“Our first day of testing went well and 103 card transactions to the value of approximately R45 000 were processed,” he added.
“The success of our online offerings, such as receiving municipal accounts by e-mail and the option of registering for the City’s e-services portal, allows for online payments of rates, tariffs and motor vehicle licence payments for clients,” said Neilson.
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