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Expired drivers licences valid for a further three months

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Good news motorists. According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), all drivers licences, learners, licence discs, temporary permits, roadworthy certificates and public drivers permits (PDPs), that expired during the lockdown, are valid.

According to RTMC, it will be valid for a further three months. The period has been extended by 90 days starting on 1 June and lasting up until 1 September 2020.

DRIVERS LICENCE TESTING CENTRES TO RESUME SERVICES
The RTMC also said driving licence testing centres (DLTC); registering authorities, vehicle testing stations (VTS), and driving schools will also resume their services from 1 June 2020, subject to the hygiene, disinfection control, social distancing and sanitising measures.

One tiny catch though. No person will be allowed to enter a driving licence testing centre (DLTC), registering authority, vehicle testing station or driving school without a face mask, or a homemade mask that covers the nose and mouth.

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The RTMC also said that motor trade number licences that expire during the lockdown period, that commenced from 26 March 2020 up to and including 31 May 2020, are deemed to be valid and are extended for a further grace period of six months from 20 May.

The RTMC did not provide any further details but we expect that the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula will expand on the announcement.

SA CAN EXPECT UPDATED DRIVER’S CARDS
According to Business Tech, the Department of Transport plans to introduce updated driver’s licence cards within the next two years. The department, on 6 May, said that the plan for the introduction for a new driver’s licence card will be introduced by the end of 2021/2022.

The new and improved card will boast improved security features and will be internationally accepted.

The department said the modernisation of the Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA) will also allow for a number of other improvements, including:

  • Reducing the production turnaround from 12 days to 7 days;
  • Introducing an electronic/mobile driving licence;
    Creating a platform for introducing e-services;
  • and Re-engineering of the DLCA process to allow for automation of support services and the elimination of the manual process.

It added that the DLCA is losing revenue of around R19 million a month due to the reduction of licence applications during the lockdown period.

southafrican.com