It was confirmed by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on the 22nd of July, after many inquiries to the Department of Transport that a grace period is granted until the 31st of January 2021. This was concerning the licenses and other important documentation that may have expired during the national lockdown from the 26th of Mach until the 31st of August. Thanks to the AA’s initiative to start a #ExtendTheLicence online petition the Government and the Road Traffic Management Corporation was persuaded and the grace period was granted.
This extension has come as a relief to many South African motorists, who had to carry this extra stress on top of so many financial implications caused by this national lockdown. The new law regarding this Extension in the Governments Gazette No.544, states that No.43339 as of the 20th of May 2020:
“All learners’ licenses, driving license cards, temporary driving license and professional driving permits that have expired on the 26th of March until the 31st of August 2020 are extended to the 31st of January 2021.”
“All motor vehicle license discs, temporary permits and roadworthy certificates that have also expired on the 26th of Mach until the 31st of May 2020 are deemed valid for a grace period until the 31st of August 2020.”
“Lastly, all motor trade number licenses that expired on the 26th of May 2020 are also deemed valid for a grace period until the 30th of November 2020.”
Many are grateful for the extension and that they don’t have to drive in fear and uncertainty every day and even more so that they need to fight through a colossal backlog at local Traffic Departments. The Road Traffic Management Corporation and the Government have certainly made a good call with this matter.
Written by: Ashley Roos