Gauteng’s Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo gazetted changes that will allow the Gautrain to perform some of the same functions as a traditional Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC).
The gazette states that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) will be able to offer DLTC services from Gautrain stations, with the agency being graded as a ‘Grade F’ licencing centre.
This means that it is authorised to:
- Substitute a driving licence of any code contained in an identity document,
- It can issue new or duplicate driving licence cards.
Speaking on the move, Transport minister Fikile Mbalula indicated that current regulations allow for providers other than DLTCs to provide licencing services – provided they have been given permission by their respective provincial government.
“The Gauteng MEC Jacob Mamabolo has delegated Gautrain to render DLTC functions. In terms of the provisions of section 18 of the Road Traffic Management Corporation Act, out of the 10 functional areas driving licences is of its competencies.
“However, the power vests with the MECs in the provinces to open DLTCs or delegate municipalities or other agencies to render these services,” he said.
While the GMA has not indicated when these services will be offered through its stations, and exactly what services will be on offer, the change is expected to ease congestion at other licensing centres which are battling with a massive national backlog.
Data published by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) this week shows that the country is facing a backlog of driving licence cards, built up when DLTCs shut down during the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.
The current number of expired cards stands at 1,476,853. Gauteng accounts for 509,888 driving licence cards not yet renewed, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with a backlog of 242,170 cards, and the Western Cape with 192,519 cards.
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula extended the validity of driving licence cards that expired between 26 March 2020 and 31 August 2021 to the end of March 2022.