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How many kilometres South Africans drive each day

A big chunk of South African vehicle owners drive less than 25km per day.

This is according to the TopAuto 2021 Automotive Survey, which saw 1,459 TopAuto readers answer a range of motoring questions.

The survey revealed that almost 40% of respondents drive under 25km per day on average, while over 25% of respondents drive less than 50km per day on average.

Daily driving

The graph below details the answers to the question: How many kilometres do you drive per day on average?

Valid licence

TopAuto readers were also asked about the validity of their driving licence cards, following government officials admitting that the country driver’s licence renewal process is a mess and needs major fixes.

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has stated they are aware of a backlog of well over 500,000 driving licences, and they are looking at steps to fix the situation.

As an interim measure, Mbalula’s department extended the grace period of all learner’s licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences, and professional driving permits that expire during the period 26 March 2021 to 31 August 2021.

The new expiration date is now 31 March 2022.

Fortunately for just over 90% of TopAuto readers, their driving licence cards are still valid.

The graph below details the answers to the question: Is your driver’s licence card valid or expired?

Outstanding fines

Outstanding traffic fines are another administrative issue which affect local motorists, and the survey shows that a decent chunk of drivers have bills to pay.

Just over 20% of survey respondents stated that they currently have outstanding traffic fines.

The graph below details the answers to the question: Do you currently have outstanding traffic fines?

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