STATEMENT BY RAY NKONYENI MUNICIPALITY:
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality has finally received a go ahead to resume with Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) and Motor Licensing Bureau (MLB) services.
The RNM has since received confirmation from the Department of Transport (DOT) to start with the provision of driving and learners’ license and motor licensing services as from Wednesday, 17 June 2020 at 07h30.
These services were suspended in line with the Lockdown Regulations Level 5 and 4 which were meant to flatten the curve of the spread of the COVID-19.
Though provision of these services should have resumed as from the beginning of Alert Level 3 on 01 June 2020, some COVID-19 protocols, health and hygiene measures and Occupational Health and Safety measures had to be put in place.
It is rightfully anticipated that there will be a lot of influx of applicants since these services have not been available for some time however as we are still under Alert Level 3, these services will be provided with some limitations and stringent measures to minimize the risk of infections to both customers and employees.
There will be stringent control measures relating to the queues and access to the buildings will be restricted and limited however the municipality has also developed a clear plan to assist customers whilst not compromising issues of health and safety.
The plan amongst others things include the following:
- Motor Dealers will be allocated two counters to specifically assist them with a minimum of five transactions and limited to one hour per dealer;
- The Margate office will perform transactions relating and strictly to licensing of motor vehicles only;
- No Dealers and or agents with bulk transactions will be allowed to submit applications in the Margate office;
- The DLTC Section is permitted to accept 50 applicants into the gates/premises at any given time which will be controlled by Security and Officials and such applicants will be marshaled to queue under the shelter directly in front of the building;
- No other persons are permitted to loiter in or around the premises – strictly applicants;
- The DLTC Phased approach will be as follows: Phase 1 – addressing the backlog for learner and driving license tests which include applicants who made bookings prior to
lockdown period and were not afforded a test. The collection of driving license cards will be
serviced as well during this phase;
- Phase 2 – renewals and new bookings for learner and driving license tests. Progress from phase 1 to phase 2 will only result on completion of Phase 1;
We would like to also remind our communities that, in terms of the DOT Directives, there will be no penalties and adjustments on motor vehicle licenses that expired between end of March and end of May 2020 will not apply – which means cashiers will not charge additional fees but only annual license fees however motor vehicle licenses which expired prior to 01st March 2020 will be liable for penalties and adjustment of licenses.
Whilst visiting both our DLTC and MLB, members of the public will be expected to abide by the following health and hygiene measures:
1. No one will be allowed without a mask (covering both mouth and nose);
2. Everyone will have to be screened and sanitized before entering;
3. Anyone found to be a risk won’t be allowed in;
4. Whilst standing on the queue and upon entering, everyone should maintain the required social distance of which there will be markings for such.
To all the citizens, young and old, we appreciate and acknowledge your patience, cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented time of despair within our country as a whole and we say “We are all learning this new walk of life and together we can progress victoriously”.
“TOGETHER WE CAN BEAT CORONAVIRUS”
Simon M April
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communications
+27 72 057 5387