Gauteng pushes to clear driving license renewal backlog

2021-Sep-01   08:22

Gauteng pushes to clear driving license renewal backlog
Gauteng Transport MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, says the province will intensify its efforts to clear the driving license renewal backlog.
Source: Gomolemo Mothomogolo/Newsnote

- Gomolemo Mothomogolo

Gauteng Transport MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, says the province will intensify its efforts to clear the driving license renewal backlog.

“Request a slot campaign is very important. Because instead of us giving someone a slot, we are now asking people to request because when you request we have every reason to believe that you will take the slot,” said Mamabolo.

The MEC said once a slot has been requested it would be allocated within 30 days.

Mamabolo launched a “request a slot” campaign on Tuesday to encourage drivers to take an initiative to renew licences.

This as government is trying to race against time to meet the deadline extension now set for the end of March 2022 to clear the backlog.

The Department of Transport said there are over 1.2 million licences that have expired across the country and Gauteng accounts for 44% of them. 

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has committed to allocate at least 35 000 slots monthly.

“Basically with the capacity that we do have, especially with these two centres [Midrand and Eco Park ], we are looking at at least 35 000 slots being available every month because there are additional operating hours. Secondly,  the centres will be working Saturday and Sunday,” said RTMC stakeholder relations manager, Thabiso Ndebele.

The Gauteng Department of Transport announced that the licensing centers will be operating from 7am until 9pm on a two-shift model.

The department confirmed that there is a forensic investigation currently underway following allegations of bribery and corruption within the licensing centers.

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