Guest Contributor | Oct 14, 2021 | 0
Roads Authority handles only licence renewals for vehicles and people who transport essential goods or provide essential services
Given the lockdown extension, the Roads Authority said its offices will remain closed and only re-open on Tuesday 05 May 2020. During this period, all licensing activities are suspended except for companies and individuals who provide essential services. This closure affect all NaTIS offices, transport regulation offices and weighbridges.
In terms of licence renewals for vehicles, the authority said no penalties will be added during the normal 21-day grace period after expiry of the licence but failed to indicate what happens when the grace period also lapses during the lockdown.
“the extension for those whose documents (vehicle, driving and learner licences) have expired during the lockdown period is subject to the Minister of Works and Transport’s approval,” the authority stated adding that their offices operate on skeleton staff and will only attend to renewals for vehicle that carry essential goods and for vehicle used by the providers of essential services.
“Kindly be informed that more detail about the extension and fines for documents which expired during this period, will be communicated in due course.”
For the renewal of driving licences, the authority said this will only be attended to after the lockdown period. Again, no penalties will be charged
But the authority will still accept and handle applications for driving licence renewals for people who operate vehicles used for critical or essential services.
Testing for learner licences will also be continued only after the end of the lockdown.
Regarding roadworthy test, it will only be done for cargo vehicle above 3500 kg and only when these are used in the transport of essential supplies or services.
Similarly, the Transport Regulations Office will only attend to applications for Cross Border and Abnormal Permits for goods vehicles carrying supplies for critical or essential services. Applications are handled by Ms Marjorie Cloete who can be contacted at [email protected] or [email protected] .
The following NaTIS Regional Managers can also be contacted for assistance with applications and renewals:
Ms Frieda Cornelius: [email protected] (All the northern regions, Zambezi and Kavango East and West Regions);
Ms Nsozi Sikabongo: [email protected] (Erongo and Otjozondjupa (Grootfontein, Okakarara, Otavi, Otjiwarongo) Regions);
Mr Andrew Shafombabi [email protected] (Khomas,Hardap (Rehoboth), Otjozondjupa (Okahandja) and Omaheke Regions); and,
Mr Clive Tjikotoke [email protected] (|Karas and Hardap (Mariental) Regions).