The City of Cape Town has stated that there is a high volume of transitions because vehicle drivers and owners are rushing to meet the deadline to renew their licences.
The Coronavirus lockdown made it difficult for vehicle drivers to renew their licences because the departments were closed.
Fikile Mbalula, minister of transport, extended the date for renewal several times in order to accommodate those who could not renew their documents.
The last extension stated that by the 31st of August 2020 all vehicle licence discs, temporary permits, and roadworthy certificates that expired from the 26th of March 2020 to the 31st of May 2020 should be renewed.
By the 30th of November 2020, motor trade licences that expired from the 26th of March 2020 to the 31st of May 2020 should be renewed.
And by the 31st of January 2021 all learner’s licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences, and professional driving permits that expired from the 26th of March 2020 to the 31st of August 2020 should be renewed.
The City of Cape Town stated that anybody who has not met the dates of renewal should expect penalties.
The penalties have not been stated but the Department of Transport has stated that there will definitely be penalties even for those whose documents expired before the lockdown.
The public is encouraged to renew their documents online in order to avoid long lines and crowded areas.
There will be long lines at the department, screening for the coronavirus will be done at entrances, and there will be a limited amount of customers allowed, therefore customers who need to go to the department are encouraged to go there early.