Minister Extends License Renewal Period to March 2022

The Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula has given the motorists more time for the renewal of driving licences. Keep reading to find out all the details.

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Motorists have one more chance to renew their driver's licenses after the announcement by Minister Mbalula on Friday. The Minister has again given an extension to the renewal of licences until 31 March 2020.

In order to give motorists a fair opportunity to renew their licenses while we are rolling out a number of measures to improve efficiencies and resolve challenges, we have decided further to extend the grace period for the renewal of licences.

The Minister added that all learners licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences, and professional driving permits, that expired on 26 March 2020 and 31 August 2021 will be valid until end of March 2022.

Minister Mbalula has also urged motorists to honour and respect the deadline instead of rushing at the last minute.

Mbalula emphasized that there have been some inefficiencies in the Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTC) systems, and the given grace period will give them an opportunity to look at issues.

The Department of Transport has been highly criticised by motorists for their inefficiency and inability to resolve licence issues since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Corruption is a cancer that eats away at the moral fibre of our society.  It is a sickness we can only eradicate through collective effort. It can never be acceptable that motorists must pay bribes to officials or security personnel in order to get slots to renew their licences, said Mbalula.

The extension also does not apply to vehicle licences. If the licence disc expired before or during lockdown, penalties will apply when you renew it.

In addition, Mbalula said over 1.2 million driving licences that are not renewed out of a total of over 2.8 million expired licences. He also said the backlog represents 42.4% non-renewal, with 57.6% of all expired licences having been renewed.

Reports however emphasized that the extension won't apply to licences which expired from 1 January 2021, and motorists are urged to apply for a new card several weeks before it actually expires. This also concludes that, licences that expired from the 26 March 2020 to 31 August 2021 will be renewed without the burden of penalties. 

 

 

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