Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, on Friday ordered all driving licence testing centres, driving schools and other centres dealing with related matters to put in place measures for the cleaning and disinfection of their premises.
Mbalula said this should be done before 1 June when these centres will be open to the public. He was inspecting the Centurion Licencing Centre's state of readiness.
“All driving licence testing centres, registering authorities, vehicle testing stations and driving schools must, prior to the commencement of their service on 1 June 2020, put in place procedures for the cleaning and disinfection of their premises,” Mbalula said.
The minister said this is to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“All driving licence testing centres, registering authorities, vehicle testing stations and driving schools must sanitize or provide hygiene dispensers for the washing of hands for their clients when entering their premises.
“No person is allowed to enter a driving licence testing centre, registering authority, vehicle testing station or driving school if they do not wear a cloth face mask, or a homemade mask that covers the nose and mouth,” he said.
He said all licenses and certificates that expired from 26 March until the end of this month are deemed valid for six months.
“All learner’s licences, driving licences, temporary driver’s licences, motor vehicle licence discs, temporary permits, roadworthy certificates and professional driving permits that expire during the period that commenced from 26 March 2020 up to and including 31 May 2020 are deemed to be valid and their validity period is further extended with 90 days form 1 June 2020,” he said.
The minister threatened to shut down any centre that fails to adhere to the lockdown regulations before 1 June.