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Extending the driver's license renewal period

t will reduce the burden of time, money, stress and effort placed on drivers every five years.

Extending the driver's license renewal period

Extending the driver's license renewal period

All of us with driver's licenses will know the tedium and frustration that comes around every five years, when we need to stand in long queues to get our eyes tested, fingerprints taken and a terrible photo taken, all so that we can renew our driver's license. And since the Covid-induced lockdown, this has only got worse with huge delays and backlogs.Well, hope is in sight!

The Automobile Association (AA) and the lobby group Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) have both made recent calls for the license-renewal period to be doubled, from the current five year period to 10 years.

First of all, this will give the Transport Department the breathing room it needs to clear the enormous backlog of driver's licenses waiting for renewal.

Secondly, it will reduce the burden of time, money, stress and effort placed on drivers every five years.

Thirdly, it will reduce the strain on the Transport Department by halving the number of licenses that need to be processed and renewed in every 10-year period.

Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, has recently made mention of the possibility of changing the license renewal period, saying that a team at the Road Traffic Management Corporation will be compiling a report on thematter this year.

There are safety issues to consider though: for example, a person's eyesight could deteriorate substantially over a period of 10 years, especially amongst older drivers. Proposals to counter this are a requirement for drivers to submit an eye test online every 5 years to have their license renewed.

Other online services have been proposed, such as online driver's license renewals, that will reduce the necessity of drivers visiting the Driving Licence Testing Centres. This could even include online eye-testing services. It is already possible to pay for the renewal of driver's licenses and vehicle licenses online, which is a step in the right direction.

Mbalula has also announced that a new driver's licence card will be coming to South Africa in 2023, replacing the card made by the outdated machine. The new card will feature security enhancements and international recognition, so will be able to be used as a form of official recognition. Whether the new cards will be quicker and easier to produce remains to be seen.

 

 

Extending the driver's license renewal period

All of us with driver's licenses will know the tedium and frustration that comes around every five years, when we need to stand in long queues to get our eyes tested, fingerprints taken and a terrible photo taken, all so that we can renew our driver's license. And since the Covid-induced lockdown, this has only got worse with huge delays and backlogs.Well, hope is in sight!

The Automobile Association (AA) and the lobby group Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) have both made recent calls for the license-renewal period to be doubled, from the current five year period to 10 years.

First of all, this will give the Transport Department the breathing room it needs to clear the enormous backlog of driver's licenses waiting for renewal.

Secondly, it will reduce the burden of time, money, stress and effort placed on drivers every five years.

Thirdly, it will reduce the strain on the Transport Department by halving the number of licenses that need to be processed and renewed in every 10-year period.

Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, has recently made mention of the possibility of changing the license renewal period, saying that a team at the Road Traffic Management Corporation will be compiling a report on thematter this year.

There are safety issues to consider though: for example, a person's eyesight could deteriorate substantially over a period of 10 years, especially amongst older drivers. Proposals to counter this are a requirement for drivers to submit an eye test online every 5 years to have their license renewed.

Other online services have been proposed, such as online driver's license renewals, that will reduce the necessity of drivers visiting the Driving Licence Testing Centres. This could even include online eye-testing services. It is already possible to pay for the renewal of driver's licenses and vehicle licenses online, which is a step in the right direction.

Mbalula has also announced that a new driver's licence card will be coming to South Africa in 2023, replacing the card made by the outdated machine. The new card will feature security enhancements and international recognition, so will be able to be used as a form of official recognition. Whether the new cards will be quicker and easier to produce remains to be seen.