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Division of Transport extends grace interval for expired licences

The Division of Transport has prolong the validity interval of licences that expired through the lockdown, to the top of November.

The division mentioned in a press release on Thursday that the validity interval for all public transport working licences and accreditation certificates for vacationer companies that expired through the lockdown interval will likely be deemed legitimate for an extra interval of 90 days.

“That is to allow the Provincial Regulatory Entities (PREs) and the Nationwide Public Transport Regulator (NPTR) ample time to take care of the backlog and permit affected operators to resume their working licenses and accreditation certificates for vacationer companies,” it mentioned.

The three month extension interval has been welcomed by the Car Affiliation (AA), who famous that the extension applies to all Learner’s Licences, driver’s licences, motorcar licence discs, short-term permits, roadworthy certificates {and professional} driving permits (PrDPs).

The AA launched a petition final week calling for the validity interval to be prolonged past 31 August to the top of January 2021 to offer motorists sufficient time to resume their paperwork, and to offer some house to Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) to take care of backlogs, and put together for brand new submissions.

The AA mentioned that the Transport Division director-general, Alec Moemi, acknowledged the challenges at DLTCs. These embody working with lowered workers and being intermittently shut down because of Covid-19.

“The extension to the top of November is a superb begin, and we definitely welcome this transfer by the Division of Transport. It’s the right determination, and signifies that the division is conscious of the issues motorists are dealing with.

“Nonetheless, we nonetheless consider this doesn’t present sufficient time to take care of the backlogs and we are going to proceed with our petition which seeks extension till no less than the top of January subsequent 12 months,” mentioned Willem Groenewald, chief government officer of the AA.

“We applaud the division for taking a practical strategy to this challenge, and for acknowledging issues on the DLTCs. Now that we have now reached this level, we predict it’s important to press forward with our name for an extra extension; the pursuits of the motorists have to be protected and we can not cease till we have now reached our purpose of an extension to no less than the top of January 2021,” mentioned Groenewald.

Groenewald referred to as for the present extension to the top of November, to be prolonged to no less than the top of January subsequent 12 months.

 “Our proposed extension date additionally makes provision for the closure of DLTCs over the festive interval, and for additional potential closures on account of Covid-19,” Groenewald mentioned.

In help of the minister resolving the issues, the AA has supplied its nationwide community of brokers to help drivers renew their licences.

The affiliation mentioned that the minister ought to contemplate permitting third social gathering brokers – such because the AA – to carry out automobile disc and driving licence card renewal companies that are at the moment solely supplied by means of the DLTCs and the Submit Workplace.

Learn: Joburg and Cape City automobile licence renewals beneath lockdown – right here is the up to date checklist of centres which might be open

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