NDLAMBE Municipality announced today that the live capturing unit (LCU) at the Port Alfred Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) had stopped working, which means residents will not be able to renew their driver’s licence or make an appointment for a test.
Municipal spokesman Cecil Mbolekwa said the LCUs are the property of the Department of Transport (DOT), which issues the DLTCs with the equipment and does the maintenance and/or replacement of equipment at their own cost.
“The DLTC cannot buy or even recourse parts other than through the DOT,” Mbolekwa said.
He said the LCU at the Port Alfred DLTC had ceased operating due to technical problems and thus the following services would not be rendered:
- Renewal of driving licence cards
- Appointment for driving licence tests
- Application for professional driving permits (PrDPs)
- Renewals of PrDPs
“All applications that have been booked for a driving licence tests will have to be postponed for a later date. Those learner licences of applicants whose learner licences are expiring soon would be referred to the Provincial Department of Transport for a decision,” Mbolekwa said.
“We thus request the public to have their driving licence cards, PrDPs and any other driving licence related services done at other DLTCs like Alexandria, Grahamstown or any other centre. We hope to have this situation remedied as soon as the National Department of Transport has attended to the LCU.”
Learner licences can still be done at the Port Alfred DLTC and the municipality requests that an applicant bring the following with when making a booking for learner licence test:
- ID book
- Proof of residence
- R213 for application
- Two ID photos
- Optometrist certificate (eye test)