Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has commended South African motorists for adhering to the rules of the road this Easter long weekend.
He released the 2022 Easter Road death statistics this week and said there has been a marked decrease in the number of transgressions recorded on the country’s roads.
Mbalula said this improved behaviour contributed to a decrease in the number of road accidents and fatalities.

162 people died on SA roads this Easter while, over the same period last year, 235 perished in vehicle accidents.

Motorists, whose license cards expired during the hard lockdown, have only one week left, in which to renew their licences.

Mbalula yesterday said the deadline, for those whose licence cards expired between 26 March 2020 and 31 August 2021, will not be extended again.

He says the country currently has a backlog of 1.3-million expired licence cards that have yet to be renewed.

Driver’s licence offices will, for the next few days, be open for an extra two hours per day to allow motorists to renew their licences before the 5th of May cut-off date.

The minister says several measures have been implemented at traffic offices to assist motorists with renewing their licence cards in time.

Mbalula says offices will also be open on weekends, on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Read his full statement here.

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