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newsThe Star reports that following thousands of complaints by motorists being unable to get new driving licence cards, the Department of Transport has finally admitted to the problem.  It has advised that employees have agreed to resume their duties pending the finalisation of a dispute at the bargaining council.  

In October, the department rejected media reports that no driving licence cards had been produced from 1 August, and that there was a backlog of 450,000 cards.  It further said at that time that it expected to complete the production of the July backlog by the middle of October.  The department now confirmed that there was still a backlog of 90,000 cards that have not been printed for motorists who applied in July and August.  “These orders have been prioritised to be printed in the next three weeks.  We are pleased to inform drivers that the affected employees have agreed to resume their duties pending the finalisation of the dispute,” transport spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said.  As an interim measure, the department advised motorists to apply for a temporary driving licence card, which has a validity period of six months.

  • Read Anna Cox’s original report in this regard in full at The Star

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