Vehicle Rebate

Vehicle Rebates

1.       What is the rebate?

Discount on customs duties on locally produced and imported vehicles 

2.       Do I qualify?

Before you can start the process, you will need to establish if you do qualify for the rebate. 

The qualifying criteria are: 

When you will be driving the vehicle yourself a permit will be issued if:

·         The vehicle is right hand drive and has been homologated by the SABS to comply with the road safety requirements to register the vehicle with the licensing authorities; and

·         Hand controls are to be fitted to the accelerator and brake pedals; or

·         Brake and accelerator pedals have to be swapped; or

·         Brake and accelerator pedals have to be extended 

When you are being transported a permit will be issued if:

·         The vehicle is right hand drive and has been homologated by the SABS to comply with the road safety requirements to register the vehicle with the licensing authorities; and

·         The organization that applies for the rebate permit is registered with the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities to care for persons with physical disabilities or the individual that applies for the rebate permit is registered with the International Administration Commission of South Africa to care for a specific person with a physical disability; and

·         The vehicle has been or will be structurally adapted, i.e. the floor pan of the vehicle has been modified to incorporate clamps/clips and an anchorage for the safety harness to hold the wheelchair and person with a physical disability steady and in position when the vehicle is driven; or

·         Railings are fitted to the door and sides of the vehicle for a person with a physical disability to hold onto when the vehicle is in motion; or

·         The vehicle has to be fitted with medical equipment, such as an oxygen cylinder, to allow the person with the physical disability to be transported. 

YOU WILL NOT QUALIFY IF:

You will be driving the vehicle yourself and;

·         The vehicle is a left hand drive vehicle and has not been homologated by the SABS that it complies with the road safety requirements of the licensing authorities; and

·         The person is too tall to drive any ordinary vehicle but no adaptation is needed to drive a vehicle, except that the steering wheel folds away to allow access into the vehicle, this being a standard design feature of the vehicle that is produced in this way for all person; or

·         The person has a back problem or disease that has not progressed to such an extent that a special adaptation, except an automatic gearbox or options such as a power steering, is required to drive the vehicle. 

You are being transported and

·         The vehicle is a left hand drive vehicle and has not been homologated by the SABS that it complies with the road safety requirements of the licensing authorities; and

·         No structural adaptation is to be or has been made to the vehicle to transport persons. ( Fitting only of a hoist to the vehicle is considered to be insufficient on it own) and/or

·         The vehicle is used only occasionally by a non-registered person / organization to transport the person with a physical disability. 

3.       Where can I obtain the necessary application forms in Limpopo :

The forms can be obtained at the Association for Persons with disability, Limpopo Province in Polokwane. 

4.            Once I have received the forms where do I start?

A.            Application form

Please ensure that the form is completed in full e.g. all contact details, what is the adaptation, who will supply and fit it etc. 

There are four types of application forms, which mean four different types of permits; you must therefore select only one of the following:

i.                    Driven Solely: Imported Vehicles – (Customs Duty)

ii.                  Driven Solely: Locally Manufactured Vehicles (Ad Valorem Excise Duty)

iii.                Transport: Imported Vehicle – (Customs Duty)

iv.                 Transport: Locally Manufactured Vehicle (Ad Valorem Excise Duty) 

B.            Motivation letter

We need to know about why you have chosen this specific vehicle, please ensure that this letter is completed in full e.g. back ground information (what is your disability), features (what features does the vehicle have to accommodate your needs as a persons with a disability), adaptation etc. 

C.            APD Panel report form

This form must be completed by members of an APD Panel of Adjudicators which can be arranged through the abovementioned offices. 

This form is only applicable to a person with a physical disability who will be driving the vehicle him /herself.  The APD Panel Report is NOT applicable to a person with a physical disability who will be transported. 

D.            Medical report form

Your own medical practitioner must complete this form.  It can be your house doctor, specialist etc. 

E.            Homologation certificate/Letter Of Authority (LOA)

The Homologation Certificate can be obtained from the importer i.e. dealer or manufacturer in South Africa

·         If imported vehicles are purchased from a dealer in the RSA, the dealer must quote the homologation reference number for registration purpose

·         If the vehicle is imported directly by a person with physical disabilities, the South Africa Bureau of Standards (SABS) must be contacted to obtain a Letter of Authority (LOA).  Only right hand drive vehicles which meet the ECE specification will receive a LOA 

F.            Nominated driver declaration forms for registered organizations or registered persons

This form in only applicable to a person with a physical disability who will be transported by a registered organization or registered person.  A registered person must enclose a copy of the identity document as well as all the nominated drivers and the applicant.  An organization must submit a copy of the owner’s identity document as well as that of all the nominated drivers.  This form is NOT applicable to a person who will be driving the vehicle him/ herself. 

G.           Drivers license

A copy of the Drivers License must be submitted in the case of:

·         A person with a physical disability driving the vehicle him / herself and;

·         All nominated drivers who will be transporting persons with physical disabilities 

H.           Identity document

A copy of Identity Document must be submitted with all applications referring to:

·         A person with a physical disability driving the vehicle him/ herself and;

·         All nominated drivers who will be transporting persons with physical disabilities and;

·         The applicant 

I.                    Motor manufacturers brochure of specification

This must be included in all applications and can be obtained from the dealership or can be downloaded from the dealerships website 

J.             Quote for adaptation

A quote from the company / person that will perform the adaptation must accompany your application 

5.       I have now completed and obtained the necessary forms and was seen by the APD Panel, what then?

You or the office where you applied at must submit all the relevant documentation to the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPPDSA)  They must be advised of the Tracking number applicable in order to collect it from the Post Office Counter 

6.       Once the NCPPDSA receives your application, what happens next

Once we receive the application, we will scrutinize it.  If it is in order and in line with the guidelines issued by The Department of Trade and Industry we will provide them with our written recommendation.  The documentation will then be hand delivered to The Department of Trade and Industry.  ITAC will then process the application and issue the permit directly to the client, provided that the application is successful and comply with the necessary guidelines.  They will contact the client in order to establish if the permit will be collected, mailed or couriered.  The normal processing time is three (3) weeks, (15) working days

7.       What do I do with the permit once I received it?

You will hand the permit to the dealership, they will then negotiate the discount with you and place an order for the vehicle you have selected. 

The dealership will then submit the permit with the necessary documentation to SARS, whereby they will be refunded as you already received the discount from them. 

8.       Important notes

·         No left hand drive vehicles may be imported;

·         No vehicle may be ordered before the import permit has been obtained from ITAC – if not, NO rebate will be granted

·         No vehicle can be bought that have passed Customs nor can the vehicle be on the dealerships book

·         If the vehicle was purchased without obtaining the permit, you will not qualify for the rebate 

QUERIES

Any queries regarding the rebate can be referred to Christa van der Walt at the Association for Persons with Disability, Limpopo Province or to the NCPPDSA