AfriForum to challenge driver's licence card validity period

AfriForum to challenge driver's licence card validity period

Lobby group AfriForum says it's going ahead with plans to legally challenge the validity period of driver's licences.

Big changes for driving licences in South Africa.
The Department of Transports aims to roll out new digital driving licence cards in South Africa this financial year. Image: Jacques Stander

It says a repeat of the breakdown of the country's only licence printing card machine signals the need for the validity period to be extended from five years. 

The Transport Department says a technical problem caused the machine to break down. 

They need a part to be replaced by the original manufacturer. 

But it stressed that the stoppage shouldn't affect the production of cards and urged motorists to continue applying for new licences. 

AfriForum's Ernst van Zyl says they'll be in court in August. 

He says they want the five-year validity period of driver's licences to be declared unconstitutional. 

Van Zyl says this should apply to all the fines issued to those with expired licences.

 "This inept government doesn't even have the foresight to invest in a second printing machine for licence cards. I find it hard to believe that the global supply of essential pieces of equipment is at zero. 

"These and other aggravating circumstances are precisely why AfriForum is once again standing up for the public in August to save motorists from this circus."

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