Road Traffic Inspectorate and Licencing Offices temporarily shut doors

Road Traffic and Licencing Offices temporarily shut doors
"In the interim, renewal of vehicle licences will continue at the designated Post Offices. However, what happens to those whose drivers’ licences are expiring?"

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The Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) and Motor Licencing Bureau offices on the ArcelorMittal road are currently closed until 5 February 2021, or further notice.

The Newcastle Municipality Communications Unit explains this comes after a staff member began displaying COVID-19 related symptoms. As a precautionary measure, and as per COVID-19 regulations, the offices are now closed for decontamination purposes.

Taking to social media, the KZN Department of Transport confirmed the temporary closure of the local RTI branch, due to one of its Officials testing positive for the virus. The department goes on to explain that it will notify motorists when notifications regarding re-openings are received.

In the interim, renewal of vehicle licences will continue at the designated Post Offices. All pre-booked tests will be addressed upon the re-opening of the RTI. However, what happens to those whose drivers’ licences are expiring?

On 3 December 2020, Fikile Mbalula gazetted an amendment to the lockdown regulations, stating all learner’s licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits that expire between 26 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 are deemed to be valid, and their validity periods have been extended until 31 August 2021.

While this might offer some relief to motorists, Newcastillians are urged to practise caution, until the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) and Motor Licencing Bureau offices re-open. 

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5 Responses

  1. On renewel was told call after 6 weeks noone will pick up on both nrs provided. Nw driving there its closed for 10days. Its been 2 months they dont call you.

  2. How can this be possible that they close for decontamination purposes while other businesses with more confirmed cases don’t even close for an hour to decontaminate their premises or don’t their lives matter… Does WHO and Government get to decide whose lives are more important than the other…..Retailers have more feet through their business than Licensing offices so how it this possible….

  3. RTI newcastle should have tested staff in. In contact like in other spheres of COVID protocols .Shutting of for 2weeks demonstrates negligent abuse of leadership in KZN . This further mounts queing during curfew as local citizens get at 5am in the que only to be turned away at 8am by taking first 30 .This create corruption of paying to get in by outsiders and locals.

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