The City of Cape Town has announced that LEU machines at driver’s license examination centers will be offline until further notice.
According to the City, the machines used for eye tests and fingerprinting will be offline, which means that driver’s license card renewals will not be processed at this time.
However, learner’s permit classes, driver’s license tests and card drives are still operational.
The city went on to say that this is a nationwide outage and will await feedback from the national Department of Transportation on service restoration timelines.
The announcement also comes days after Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula extended the period for learner’s permits, driving license cards, temporary driving licenses and driver’s licenses.
According to Mbalula, after consultation with several MECs and the South African Local Government Association, the department has decided to extend the grace period for the validity of driving licenses, which expired between March 26, 2020 and August 31, 2021, until as of April 15, 2022.
Mbalula said the number of driving license cards, for which renewal applications have yet to be made, stands at 1,424,756 – a reduction from 2,813,016.
“This means that only 49% of the motorists concerned have applied for the renewal of their expired driving licence… Motorists do not show up to renew their license for various reasons.
“As of March 28, 2022, we had produced 628,150 driver’s license cards, reducing the backlog of cards to be printed to 522,839. This is for those who have already applied for license renewals,” Mbalula noted.
At the same time, in the Western Cape, out of 403,507 expired licenses, 218,286 driving licenses have already been renewed, or 54.1% of renewals.
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