The Department of Transport has extend the validity period of licences that expired during the lockdown, to the end of November, Business Tech reported.
The department said in a statement on Thursday that the validity period for all public transport operating licences and accreditation certificates for tourist services that expired during the lockdown period will be deemed valid for a further period of 90 days.
“This is to enable the Provincial Regulatory Entities (PREs) and the National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR) sufficient time to deal with the backlog and allow affected operators to renew their operating licenses and accreditation certificate for tourist services,” it said.
The three month extension period has been welcomed by the Automobile Association (AA), who noted that the extension applies to all Learner’s Licences, driver’s licences, motor vehicle licence discs, temporary permits, roadworthy certificates and professional driving permits (PrDPs).
The AA launched a petition last week calling for the validity period to be extended beyond 31 August to the end of January 2021 to give motorists enough time to renew their documents, and to provide some space to Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) to deal with backlogs, and prepare for new submissions.
The AA said that the Transport Department director-general, Alec Moemi, acknowledged the challenges at DLTCs. These include working with reduced staff and being intermittently shut down due to Covid-19.
“The extension to the end of November is a great start, and we certainly welcome this move by the Department of Transport. It’s the correct decision, and indicates that the department is aware of the problems motorists are facing.”