Learner’s licenses now valid for 2 years

2010-02-23 11:05

LEARNER’S licenses will now be valid for two years instead of 18

months, the transport department announced yesterday.

It also extended testing house for the licenses to 5?pm on

Saturdays and from 7­?am until 1?pm on Sundays, it said in a statement.

“These measures form part of government’s efforts to improve

service delivery and will enable us to provide a better service to driving

licence applicants,” it said.

“Given the challenges relating to service delivery and

administrative bottlenecks at certain driving licence testing centres, this is

being done with the view to improve the quality of service.”

The department has come in for criticism with thousands of learner

drivers unable to obtain dates for their driving tests before their licenses


Gauteng magistrate David Thulare recently told reporters he would

not convict learner drivers if they could prove that they had tried and failed

to secure testing dates.

“The law does not expect impossibility,” Thulare reportedly


Yesterday, the transport department said it was rolling out a

computerised testing system that would improve efficiency and help combat


The department also plans to teach “road safety education” as part

of the curriculum in schools.

“Learners in Grade 11 will be able to acquire their learner’s

licences and their driving licences as they complete Grade 12,” it said.

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