Transport service centres still closed

2020-05-20 06:00

The Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport announced that all the provincial driving licensing centres (DLTCs) and vehicle testing centres (VTCs) remain closed under lockdown level 4 regulations despite vehicle dealers being open for business.

Regulations permit vehicle dealerships to operate and sell vehicles to the public and trade during lockdown level 4.

All leaner’s licences, driving licenses and vehicle licence disks that expired 21 days before the lockdown or during lockdown are deemed to be valid until end of the 30-days grace period.

Saki Mohono, spokesperson of the department, said as service centres have not opened yet, the start of the 30-days grace period will be publicised at a later stage. He said in addition, that clients purchasing vehicles now will be able to register vehicles at the provincial service centres when the government grants permission.

According to Mohono, the department will open all services on 1 June provided they are ready and comply with Occupational Health and Safety Covid-19 guidelines as published by the department of Labour. He said service centres were presently only opened for staff preparing for reopening.

He said the department was in the process of implementing the necessary measures in order to disinfect all its premises and equipment in order to comply with the set criteria for the reopening of the offices.

“The criteria for operations to resume include comprehensive sanitisation of the centres, devising adequate social distancing mechanisms and procuring sufficient personal protective equipment (PPEs) for staff. Some facilities may only open after 1 June in order to give them sufficient time to adhere to the Covid-19 health guidelines,” said Mohono.


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