Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo today announced that as of Monday, 16 November 2020, all Driver Testing Licensing Centres (DLTCs) in the province will dedicate 70 percent of booking slots and capacity to driving licenses renewals in order to address current backlogs.
The MEC made the announcement following a meeting with the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) Driving License Card Account (DLCA) and Members of the Mayoral Committees in all municipalities and districts today.
“Working together with all the stakeholders, the province will ensure that 70 percent of all slots made available to the DLTCs will be dedicated exclusively to processing driving licenses renewals on a daily basis. DLTCs Managers who undermine this directive will be dealt with harshly and face possible suspension.
“We have also taken a decision that available capacity in the DLTCs such as equipment, machinery and staff will be dedicated to addressing the backlog in driving licenses renewals,” MEC said.
Mamabolo added that a Provincial Management Operations Center will be established to monitor the activities of DLTC’s on a daily basis as well as to ensure that the decisions taken at the meeting are implemented.
“There would also be a dedicated team to maintain and service the equipment and machinery that is used to process the driving licenses renewals on a regular basis,” he said.
With effect from December 2020, the department will commence with forensic investigation into allegations of corruption, bribery and collusion reportedly taking place at DLTCs across the province.
“While the current Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the driving licenses renewals backlog, it has also laid bare the fact that over the years, the DLTC’s have not been functioning optimally. The DLTC’s capacity has not been increased to match the demand and the pressure brought by the growing population.
“However, we are confident that with the decisions we have taken today, we will be able to address the backlogs. In partnership with RTMC, we will also be piloting the use of mobile units in order to increase the capacity of the facilities and provide a better service to the communities,” said the MEC.