OUTA asks Mbalula to extend validity period of the driving licence cards

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The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has called on Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to extend the validity period of driving licence cards from 5 to 10 years.

Motorists are raising concerns over millions of drivers’ licences that are continuing to expire.

The Department is yet to obtain a new licence card printing device following a breakdown of the old machine.

The Department says motorists renewing their driving licences before the end of March will get an additional three months grace period on their expired cards.

“We’ve suggested a few things. The first is we have done research, met with the minister a few weeks ago and presented it to him regarding extending the validity period from 5 to 10 years. This is the case with many countries around the world and it is very easy to do that. It immediately takes away the problem but government still needs to fix this online booking process, the corruption that takes place, the deficiencies, the costs because we don’t want motorists to find themselves on the wrong side of the law, not on their own doing but as a result of the state,” says Wayne Duvenage, OUTA’s CEO.

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