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Gauteng’s Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Mr Jacob Mamabolo gazetted transitions that will permit Gautrain to perform some of the similar functions as a traditional Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC). The Gauteng Management Agency (GMA) will have the ability to offer DLTC services from all the Gautrain stations in the Gauteng province, with the agency being graded as a ‘Grade F’ licencing centre, which simply implies that they have the authority to substitute a driving licence of any code contained in an identity document, and they can issue new or duplicate driving licence cards.

The transport minister Fikile Mbalula indicated that the recent regulations allow for providers other than DLTCs to provide licencing services. The MEC has delegated Gautrain to provide DLTC functions in relation to the provisions of section 18 of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) Act. Although, GMA has not indicated when the services will be offered, and a detailed description of what type of services will offered, but luckily the alteration is expected to ease congestion at other licencing centres which are struggling with a huge national backlog.

Data was published by the RTMC this week to demonstrate that the nation is facing a backlog of driving licence cards, which were built up when DLTCs shut down during the first Covid-19 lockdown last year. According to my knowledge once Gautrain begins to render their services, numerous individuals might go to Gautrain to get their licence cards and create long queues to avoid queues from the old DLTCs.

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