Covid-19: Licence departments, driving schools to open next month

Covid-19: Licence departments, driving schools to open next month

- Members of the public will soon have access to drivers' licence departments, vehicle registration and testing centres

- Driving schools will also be allowed to operate as of 1 June when the nation is expected to move to Level 3 lockdown

- For the time being, only essential workers have had access to these crucial services

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Drivers' licence departments, vehicle registration and testing centres will be opened to the public from next month.

Level 4 Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have only allowed for essential workers to access these services, including driving schools.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed that strict hygiene and physical distancing practices would be implemented for the reopening of the licencing sector.

Learner driver licences, temporary licences, motor vehicle licences, temporary permits, roadworthy certificates and professional driving permits which expired between 1 March and 31 May 2020 are still deemed to be valid.

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"Their validity period is further extended by 90 days. Motor vehicle trade number licences that expired during the same period are also deemed to be valid and are extended to a further period of six months."

After conducting a risk assessment on the state of readiness in the sector, Mbalula commented that:

"We have determined 1 June as the date of resumption of their services to the public. It also allows driving schools to resume their services from June 1, subject to hygiene and disinfection." reported that Mbalula had been present when the government tested taxi officials for not only Covid-19 but underlying medical conditions, weighing in that:

"As a hard-hit industry, the government has considered and is now dealing with the modalities to say how we going to contribute and how much per taxi for the duration of the lockdown. In principle, we have agreed to financially support the taxi industry. In the next coming week, I should be able to come back and report on the details, including financial support."

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