The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport has expressed confidence in its state of readiness for the rollout of the new vehicle licence number plates system, which will commence on 1 December 2023.
The department pointed out that in the new system, the number plates will not depict the towns and demarcation, but will instead have a continuous numbering system. All registration numbers issued in the province will be depicted as “ZN”.
The department said the changes to the new license numbering system were necessary due to several towns in the province that ran out of numbers.
“The operationalisation and commencement of the new numbering system also follows a number of consultations with various stakeholders, including the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), and manufactures of blank number plates.”
The department revealed that it has tested the facility known as ENaTIS (Electronic National Administration Traffic Information System) and can confirm that the system is now able to activate the new numbering system, supported by RTMC.
As part of the process, the final gazette is expected to be published on 30 November 2023.
The department also underlined that registering authorities in the province will be provided with ongoing support to ensure that the implementation process is run with limited challenges.