Massive car licence rush expected to hit South Africa

The City of Cape Town says that it expects car licence renewals to ‘peak’ within the coming months as a part of a knock-on impact attributable to the Covid-19 lockdown and licence extensions.

The metropolis mentioned that it expects July and August 2021 to be the height in renewals, as many licences will expire on 31 August 2021, with a due date of twenty-two September 2021.

This is due to the Covid-19 lockdown extension given to motorists whose motorized vehicle licences expired in March, April and May 2020, it mentioned.

It warned additional that Covid-19 will proceed to have a fabric impression on its operations, and that motorists ought to plan forward of time.

“We will continue to have unplanned and sudden office openings and closures to ensure the safety of our staff and customers,” mentioned the town’s government deputy mayor, Ian Neilson.

“The Covid-19 laws will proceed to have an effect on workers enhances at occasions and we are going to proceed to expertise the intermittent nationwide system issues that we now have seen over the previous year.

“These problems affect the city’s service delivery, but are unfortunately not within our control.”

Neilson mentioned that motorists want to be proactive and test the expiry date on their licence discs, and begin the renewal course of not less than a month or two prematurely of their due date or throughout the grace interval.

“This will make a huge difference to all and enable motorists to successfully apply for their licences online via e-Services,” Neilson mentioned.

The City of Cape Town mentioned that the size of queues at motor licensing places of work have been lowering typically. However, it could nonetheless appear lengthy due to the social distancing and different Covid-19 measures which can be in place, it mentioned.

“If customers must visit a customer office in person, please remember that there is Covid-19 screening at the entrances and a limited number of customers are allowed in at a time due to Covid-19 regulations.”

“Social distancing is required and must be adhered to and masks are compulsory.” It added that motorists solely want their ID for motorized vehicle licensing and registration renewals.

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