A shortage of vehicle licence disc papers at some Nelson Mandela Bay post office branches has been resolved.
After three weeks of frustration and uncertainty, the Post Office has confirmed that there was a shortage of specialised vehicle licence disc paper, which was then followed by a shortage of print cartridges due to high demand.
This resulted in scores of motorists and car dealerships being unable to renew licence discs at some branches.
Martin Taverner, a general manager at Tavcor William Moffet, said: “We have been issuing customers with temporary permits to allow them to drive their new vehicles.”
A sales manager at BMW near Greenacres, who declined to be named, said sale vehicles could not be registered and, as a result, the dealership was struggling to get payment from the banks.
Andrew Botha, of Honda Auto Port Elizabeth, said banks had to wait for the registration documents and this was slowing down the payment processes, which affected the business concern’s cash-flow.
Post Office Retail Division head Geert Bataille said as a result of the backlog caused by the paper shortage, demand had increased, which led to a shortage of printing cartridges at four branches.
These were at The Bridge, Linton Grange and Schauderville in Port Elizabeth and Riebeeckhoogte in Uitenhage.
They received supplies on Wednesday, Bataille said.
The branches said yesterday operations were back to normal.
“The SA Post Office understands the frustration the unavailability of these special papers had caused to customers and we apologise for the inconvenience,” Bataille said.
The municipality said its traffic officers in the metro would still issue fines to motorists whose licence discs had expired.
Safety and security portfolio head councillor John Best said this was to avoid a situation where alack of licence disc papers was exploited to avoid payment.
“We advise motorists to take the fines to the municipal court with their representation, for the prosecutor to apply his mind,” he said.