Fikile Mbalula, the minister of transport, has announced that driving license testing centres, registering authorities, vehicle testing stations and driving schools will start operating from the 1st of June 2020. In a briefing held on Friday, the minister announced that he had issued directions in terms of the Disaster Management Act regarding the commencement of services and extension for the validity period of learner’s licences, driving license cards, licence disks, professional driving permits, and registration of motor vehicles. “The purpose of the directions is to provide for improved access, hygiene, and disinfection control on all premises of driving licence testing centres, registering authorities, vehicle testing stations and driving schools; the validity period of licences; and the resumption of services at driving licence testing centres, registering authorities, vehicle testing stations and driving schools,” Minister Mbalula said.
All facilities should be cleaned and disinfected, and everyone entering the facility will have to wear a mask. The validity period of licences that expired between 26 March and 31 May 2020, will be extended for 90 days and will be deemed as valid. “Motor trade number licences that expire during the period that commenced from March 26 up to and including May 31 2020, are deemed to be valid and are extended for a further grace period of six months from the date of publication of these directions,” Mbalula explained.