Since South Africa’s only driver’s license printing machine was sent to Germany for repairs, there has been a massive printing backlog which resulted in the government planning a number of new measures to ease the backlog – these measures include a new license.
Approximately half a million South African drivers are stuck with expired license cards because the old machine has been broken since November.
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said that while the machine will take upwards of a month to be fixed, his department will be announcing new temporary measures to assist those affected by the backlog.
He added that the government will be moving “full speed ahead” on introducing a new driver’s license card in SA. The card is still awaiting final Cabinet approval and should be announced shortly.
Mbalula previously said that the Driving License Card Account was in the final phase of designing a new driving license card with a proposal expected to be made before the end of the 2021/2022 financial year.
The DLCA has said that the new license will be closer aligned to international practices and will allow for the incorporation of new technology and would include a design change.
“The introduction of the new driving license involves a new design of the driving license card and the re-engineering of processes to allow for agility and focus on delivering services efficiently and quickly. The project will allow for the adoption of digital technologies such as blockchain and other related technologies which will form the platform an integrated transport system,” it said.
The DLCA also indicated that it is considering the implementation of a new electronic driver’s license although this will likely be mooted once the update physical card is introduced.
Sources: My Broadband, BusinessTech
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