JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The SA Department of Transport’s decision to extend the validity of all drivers’ and vehicle licences to the end of November 2020 has been welcomed as ”a partial victory” by the Automobile Association.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation announced in June 2020 during the Covd alarm that “all learner’s, driver’s, motor vehicle discs, temporary permits, roadworthy certificates and professional driving permits that expired during the period March 26-May 31 were deemed valid and their validity period is further extended with 90 days from June 1 to August 31 2020”.
However the AA later launched a petition calling for the validity period to be extended beyond August 31 to the end of January 2021 to give road users enough time to renew their documents and to provide some space to licence testing centres to deal with backlogs, and prepare for new submissions.
Transport Department director-general Alec Moemi acknowledged the challenges at such centres – reduced staff and Covid scares.
Willem Groenewald, AA CEO, told The Corner: “The extension to the end of November is a welcome start – the correct decision – and indicates that the department is aware of the problems.
”However, we still believe this does not provide enough time to deal with the backlogs and we will continue with our petition which seeks extension until at least the end of January 2010.”
The AA’s ExtendtheLicence petition has drawn more than 20 500 signatures.
Carman’s Corner would, however, suggest drivers and vehicle owners double-check the legal situation with their vehicle insurers.