Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has assured motorists that it will be “easier” to renew their driving license from March onwards.
Mbalula, replied on questions in the National Assembly this week said the online booking system originally launched in Gauteng may be rolled out nationwide to tackle the backlog in driving license renewals.
“The online booking system originally introduced in Gauteng and managed by the RTMC [Road Traffic Management Corporation] on behalf of Gauteng provides the RTMC with a good basis to introduce a bundle of online services across the country” said Mbalula.
“I can’t give you a provincial breakdown in terms of the backlog, but I can tell you we will be able to get the deadline up March and no one will have challenges renewing their driving license. “
Among other things, Gauteng roads and transport MEC Ja cob Mamabolo had started the campaign “ Request A Slot “, which aimed to to fix the backlog in the renewal. That way, people can book a slot online.
“Check out this room for the next few weeks. We’re going to be introducing this renewed, revamped online approach, “said Mbalula.
” We’re going into areas where you have the opportunity to renew your license … And I can assure you that statistically … by next year we should be able to give you an update.
“Where we have challenges, we solve them Bottlenecks so that after March getting a driver’s license in South Africa shouldn’t be a nightmare and renewing a driver’s license shouldn’t be a nightmare riddled with corruption [having to bribe yourself on the list]. We are introducing our mobile driving license and our traffic control centers across the country to reach our people. ”
To complaints that it is more expensive to renew a driving license in Gauteng than in in other provinces, Mbalula said the department is working with her provincial counterparts to address the challenges and political loopholes in driving license regulations across the country.
“So there are quite a few Things we’re working on and standardization is one of the things we’re considering. “