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THE expiry period of a learner's licence has been extended - from six months to two years.
This announcement was made by Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele, who said learner drivers would now have more time to acquire their driver's licence.
The extension came after Gauteng magistrate Daniel Thulare expressed his reluctance to convict people who drove without licences if they could prove that their learner's licences had expired because of delays in the processing system.
Thulare said convicting a citizen for driving without a licence would be unlawful - if the state itself had failed to test that person in the time stipulated.
Ndebele, who said Thulare's views were "unethical", responded by complaining to the Magistrate's Commission.
The testing hours for driving licences would also be extended to 5pm on Saturdays -and between 7am and 1pm on Sundays.
Ndebele said these new measures would contribute considerably to improving service delivery for would-be drivers.
"These measures form part of the government's efforts to improve service delivery and will enable us to provide better service to driving licence applicants."
The department was continuously engaging with the provinces and municipalities to improve service delivery, Ndebele said.
"We have also moved towards computerised licensing testing systems and have rolled out mobile and fixed stations in various parts of the country."
There are also plans to introduce road safety education in schools as part of the curriculum, he said.
"Learners in Grade 11 will be able to acquire their learner's licences and their driving licences by the time they complete Grade 12 (if they are 18 years or over)," Ndebele said.