On the 26th Sept Until the 16th Oct I hired a car from a well know car hire company whilst on holiday in Richards Bay.
On the 12th Oct, I was refused entry to a National Nature reserve because, as was pointed out to me the Licence disc on the car ran out on the 30th Sept. I was extremely embarrassed and also quite frightened at the time. Then I began to worry about the validity of my insurance policy should I have had an accident and the consequences of what trouble I would be in. I immediately rang the telephone number I was given in case of any problems but it was a Sunday and I was put through to an automated answer machine. I then emailed the hire company and got a reply saying I must get in touch with their office in Richards Bay where I had picked it up from. Eventually I got an email on the 15th Oct asking me to return the car so that the could replace it. By this time I had stopped driving the car and had resorted to going on private game drives. On my return to the Airport the next day, I was told that it didn't matter about the Licence disc being out of date, in South Africa you could drive for up to 21 days on such a disc.
As far I am concerned I thought failing to to display a valid licence disc made the car unroadworthy and unfit for hire. Please could anybody verify this for me.