Driver’s licence and vehicle testing centres are expected to gradually re-open during Level 4.

This is to allow for essential service workers to renew their driver’s and vehicle licences. 

“The opening of driver’s licence testing centres will be staggered once the inspection and verification of the state of readiness is done on all of them,” Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said at a briefing on Friday.

While driver’s licence testing centres based in metropolitans will open on 1 June, further directions will be issued regarding the daily number of people who can be attended to while restricting bookings to online platforms.

In addition, driving schools will be allowed to continue during this period and will be subjected to social distancing and sanitising measures.

The instructor as well as the student will have to wear masks.

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Servicing of vehicles

“Servicing of vehicles of personnel performing emergency services is permitted under Level 4. 

“This also includes the importation of spares for service purposes and for manufacturing. Emergency spares are also allowed to be on sale,” Mbalula said.

Delivery services

Food delivery services such as Uber Eats, Mr Delivery and any other similar ones are permitted to operate between 09:00 and 19:00.

Courier services

These services are permitted to deliver goods permitted for sale under the gazetted Level 4 regulations.

Charter services 

Services such as shuttles are subjected to 50% licenced loading capacity and vehicle operators must be identifiable.

“A number of companies, particularly in the mining sector, work three shifts, resulting in employees finishing work outside the permitted public transport operating hours.

“These companies may make use of charter services,” Mbalula said.

Travel between provinces, metropolitans and districts

Once-off travel to various provinces will be permitted between 1 and 7 May for people returning home.

“Long-distance bus and taxi operators are allowed to undertake long-distance travel during this window period.” 

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