TIME TO RENEW
Business hours at the Polokwane Municipality’s traffic department in Ladanna have been extended for the remainder of the month to give motorists the opportunity to renew their driver’s licences.
The additional operating hours will also address the backlog of licensing-related transactions.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic business hours had to be reduced. As the Covid-19 lockdown regulations were eased business slowly returned to normal but backlogs, staff shortages and restricted business hours became a new normal, causing huge frustration among many.
Residents have been complaining about the queues at the traffic licensing department and the fact that only a certain number of people could be assisted per day.
People had to brave all weather conditions, queueing as early as 04:00 in the hope of being assisted. Some had to return for consecutive days to finalise their applications. Municipal spokesperson Thipa Selala, previously told Polokwane Observer that the queues were shortened because the department can only accommodate a certain number of customers per day.
He explained that queues are long because motorists waited until the last minute to meet the deadlines to renew driver’s licences as set out by the Minister of Transport,
During Covid-19 the department was forced to assist even fewer people in terms of renewals, resulting in longer queues.
On Tuesday the municipality announced that operating hours are extended for May.
“From May 3-31, the hours will be extended in an effort to deal with the backlog with regards to applications and renewals of driver’s licences,” Selala explained. Apart from being open during the week, the offices will now also be open over weekends.
During the week the operating hours are from 08:00 to 18:00. On Saturday from 08:00 to 15:00 and on Sundays from 08:00 to 14:00.
Transport Minister during the pandemic provided a grace period for motorists whose driver’s licence had expired between March 26, 2020 and August 31, 2021.
The grace period was extended for a final time to today (May 5) and motorists are advised to renew their licenses as soon as possible.