AA welcomes new rules on licences

2010-12-06 00:00

THE Automobile Association (AA) has welcomed the national Transport Department’s (DoT) announcement that it will prevent drivers with truck licences from automatically being allowed to drive a light motor vehicle.

The DoT said in a statement recently that drivers with a code 10, 11, 13 or 14 licence cannot drive an ordinary vehicle, for which a code 8 licence is needed.

A spokesperson for DoT, Logan Maistry, said this will apply only to licences issued from February 1, 2011, and does not affect those licences issued before this date.

“Even when renewing their driving licences, current licence holders would still have the same authorisations that apply to their licences.”

A spokesperson for AA Car Insurance, Gary Ronald, welcomed the news “because it will close a loophole that has existed for years, where drivers wishing to obtain their licences would normally choose to do code 10 because it is easier to obtain, then you find those motorists driving code 8 motor vehicle”.

He said there is a significant difference between a truck and a light motor vehicle.

He said he believes that change will have a positive impact on all road users because people will be driving vehicles that they are legally supposed to be driving.

“We hope this move will help make our roads safer,” he said

Maistry said a general learner’s licence is being considered to allow inidividuals to apply for a second category of driving licence without having to undergo the entire process of acquiring another learner’s licence. But he added that applicants who obtain their motorbike learner’s licences will be categorised differently if this is implemented.

He said holders of two categories of licences will not be required to carry two different licence cards.

“One licence card will be endorsed with the necessary authorisations that allow that person to drive the stipulated class of motor vehicle,” he said.

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