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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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