Drivers have just one week remaining to renew their driver's licence. This applies to driving licence cards that expired between 26 March 2020 and 31 August 2021.
The initial grace period was introduced as millions of drivers could not renew their licence as Covid-19 lockdowns were introduced and Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) were closed.
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula said that there will be no further extension of the grace period and a subsequent step-up of law enforcement interventions will be introduced to penalised people who have not renewed their licences. Mbalula said:
Our law enforcement authorities will be extremely ruthless in dealing with drivers who flout the law and drive without a valid driving licence card and cannot produce evidence that they have renewed their licence and are awaiting its issue
The Department of Transport introduced several measures to try and clear the backlog of more than 1.3 million expired driving licence cards.
These include expanding operational hours by opening DLTC’s on weekends and allowing walk-in bookings to be made in addition to online bookings. They’ve also enhanced the processing and production of driving licence cards through the smart enrolment project, which will provide online driving licence renewal capability.
The department also revealed that motorists between the ages of 25 and 50 years constitute 68% of drivers who have yet to renew their licence
Motorists must understand that they have to utilise their booked slots to help us tackle the backlog in a meaningful way. We urge these drivers to ensure that they honour their commitment and take up the slots, which would ordinarily have been used by others who have difficulty finding slots closer to where they live.