DURBAN – 13 Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) across KwaZulu-Natal have been affected by Covid-19 outbreaks and have been temporarily shut down until further notice.
The public is also urged not to panic as there is the 90-days grace window period approved by the Minister of Transport for the renewal of licences that have expired.
Out of the 13 DLTCs that have been temporarily closed, nine are run by various local municipalities while four are run by the Provincial Department of Transport.
The 13 centres that have been affected are Pinetown, Eshowe, Vryheid, Howick, Mooi River, Underberg -KwaSani, Hlabisa, Richmond, Utrecht, Nongoma, Newcastle, Rossburgh and Mkondeni RTI.
The extension of the drivers licences was announced by Transport Director General Alec Moemi during a media briefing of the Economic Cluster of Ministers who serve on the Coronavirus Command Council.
“If you have an exact drivers license card which you want (to renew) this has been a bit of a challenge and also some permits including for tracker and so on. It is for this reason that the minister has announced a further extension of 90 days. So, you should count at the end of the initial extension period a further 90 days going forward and I think that should answer the concern,” said Moemi.
According to reports, all affected buildings are being deep-cleaned and thoroughly disinfected as part of infection prevention and control.The department as well as the affected municipalities will update the public once operations resume at each branch.
Health workers have also been alerted and necessary precautionary measures have been put in place for the rest of the staff members for assessment and screening to ensure a safe environment for all.
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