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Directions on the Validity Period for Driving Licence Cards Amended

July 23, 2020

Department of Transport

Directions on the validity period for learner’s licences, driving licence cards, licence discs, professional driving permits and registration of motor vehicles have been amended.

The transport department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 43539.

They were drawn up in terms of the Disaster Management Act.

A new Direction 6 on validity period of licences is inserted.

It stipulates that all learner’s licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits that expire during the period from 26 March 2020 up to and including 31 August 2020 are deemed to be valid and their validity period is extended for a further grace period ending on 31 January 2021.

Direction 6 also provides that all motor vehicle licence discs, temporary permits and roadworthy certificates that expired between 26 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 are deemed to be valid and their validity period is extended for a further grace period ending on 31 August 2020 while motor trade number licences are extended up to 30 November 2020.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 43538, the department published Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in the public transport services.

Some of the objectives of the Directions include to improve hygiene control and disinfection facilities on all public transport vehicles and public transport facilities including ranks, terminals and train station; improve access and hygiene, disinfection control in all public transport vehicles; the loading capacity of public transport vehicles and the transportation and storage of liquor.

The Directions also stipulate that all public transport operating licences and accreditation certificates for tourist transport services that expired between 26 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 are deemed to be valid and a grace period of 90 days from the date of publication of the Directions is granted for the renewal of the licences and certificates.

Both sets of Directions came into effect on the date of publication.