Department of Transport
Directions on the extension of the validity period of driving licences have been amended.
The transport department published the Directions in Government Gazette 45073 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.
A new subdirection (1) is inserted into Direction 6.
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 2021 are deemed to be valid and their validity periods are extended for a further grace period ending on 31 March 2022.
In a recent statement, the department confirmed that an assessment of the size of the backlog and challenges faced by motorists in attempting to renew licences has been undertaken.
Currently, 1.2 million licences out of a total of 2.8 million expired licences have not yet been renewed.
The department confirmed that challenges such as capacity challenges at driving licence testing centres; corruption with slots; faulty live capture units; faulty eye testing equipment and delays in validating fingerprints are being attended to “with the necessary urgency”.
The amendment came into effect on the date of publication.