Measures Introduced To Ease Gauteng Drivers Licence Renewal Backlog

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Renewing your drivers licence in South Africa has become a challenge in recent years due to a number of factors. The Department of Transport have introduced a number of measures to help tackle the issues. 


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Renewing your drivers' licence in South Africa has become a challenge in recent years due to several factors. The Department of Transport has introduced some measures to help tackle the issues.

 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced an extension to the grace period for licence renewals that expired from 26 March 2020 to 31 August 2021.

 

The new grace period for all learner’s licences, drivers licence cars, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits has been extended to 31 March 2022.

 

Mbalula acknowledged that renewing licences in Gauteng is particularly challenging. This as the province has a large driving population. It is also the only province that extensively uses an online booking system.

 

The minister announced that specific actions have been taken to try and resolve the issues in Gauteng.

 

Two new Drivers Licence and Testing Centres (DLTCs) have been opened in the province. One centre is located in Waterfall Park in Midrand while the other is located in Eco Park in Centurion. The centres will be open seven days a week and from 7 AM to 9 PM.

 

Mbalula explained, “The operationalisation of these centres will add 35 380 renewal slots per month and increase Gauteng capacity for renewal slots by 48%. An email service for Gauteng users who experience difficulties with online bookings and renewing their licence has been activated”.

 

“In seven of the nine provinces, large Registering Authorities and DLTCs have extended their operating hours to include Saturdays, and further augmented their human resource capacity. Challenges are still being experienced in the Northern Cape and the City of Tshwane,” said Mbalula.

 

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