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Grace period granted for licences expiring during national lockdown

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Following numerous queries on the matter, the Department of Transport has clarified the validity of licences which expire within the national lockdown period, announcing a 30-day grace period.

On Monday, 30 March 2020, the Department of Transport addressed the contentious issue of licences that expire within the national lockdown period. The notice stipulated, “During the lockdown, the validity period for learner’s licence, driving licence, motor vehicle licence disk, temporary permit, professional driving permit and roadworthy certificates shall be deemed to be valid and shall be extended for a further grace period of 30 days from the date of expiry of a lockdown period, unless determined otherwise by the minister.”

For the duration of the 21-day national lockdown, all non-essential businesses and organisations have been ordered to remain closed. This has caused for the licensing departments in all provinces to be temporarily closed, making it impossible for drivers to renew any motor vehicle licences.

The notice also provided further clarity on who would be granted an essential services permit, allowing them to operate throughout the lockdown period. These were limited to tollgate operators, road emergency operators, employees responsible for safe operation of the roads, and rail logistic operators.

See the full statement here.

Sayushka Naidoo
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