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No fines for backlogged driving licences

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The Department of Transport has issued a directive to provincial and municipal traffic authorities not to penalise motorists who had complied with the prescripts of the application and the renewal of their driving licences

NO FINES: Motorists who have applied for the renewal of their driving licences but have not received their new cards will not be fined. Picture: Danie van der Lith

CITY motorists who have applied for the renewal of their driving licences but have not received their new cards will not be fined.

The Department of Transport said yesterday that it had issued a directive to provincial and municipal traffic authorities not to penalise motorists who have applied for the renewal of their driving licences.

The Sol Plaatje Municipality said yesterday that it had not received official notification in this regard from the department.

“When motorists apply to renew their driving licences, they receive a receipt and this is used as proof that they have applied in the event that they are stopped,” Sol Plaatje municipal spokesperson Sello Matsie said.

The announcement by the national Department of Transport comes in the wake of production time lost during the Department of Transport’s labour dispute with employees who were contracted to the Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA).

The affected employees resumed their duties in December, pending the finalisation of the dispute at the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council (GPSSBC).

The dispute, however, occurred during the annual production maintenance period when production machines were serviced, adding to the backlog.

Recover

To recover the lost production time, the DLCA has implemented a contingency plan to adhere to standard production practices and reduce the waiting period for the cards.

The Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, said in a statement issued yesterday that since July 2018 to December, over 1 million card orders had been received.

“We have printed over 700 000 cards and the current production backlog nationally is 324 000 cards. These orders have been prioritised to be printed in the next three weeks,” Nzimande said.

He added that the Department of Transport has issued a directive to provincial and municipal traffic authorities not to penalise motorists who had complied with the prescripts of the application and the renewal of their driving licences.

“Where drivers have already been fined by traffic officers as a result of these delays, they must apply for the revocation of enforcement order through the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA).”

They can fill in the form which is downloadable on the RTIA website www.aarto.gov.za and e-mail it to [email protected] Applicants can also call the RTIA call centre on 086 1227 861.

Nzimande meanwhile apologised to citizens for “the inconvenience they have been subjected to through this ordeal”.