Vehicle, Inspection Department (VID) yesterday opened since its closure in March with guidelines under the Statutory Instrument 1.44 of 2020 on Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment).
In June this year Government extended by six months the validity of provisional driving licenses and defensive driving certificates which expired from March 30.
The Statutory Instrument 1.44 reads that provisional licences and defensive driving certificates that expired during the lockdown will be automatically extended with 180 days or to the date when the national lockdown ends, whichever date comes earlier.
“The principal order is amended by the insertion after section 16 of the following section — deferment of expiry of certain documents issued under Cap. 12:11 17. If the period of validity of a learner’s licence expires after 30th March 2020, its validity shall be automatically extended from the date of expiry to a date ending 180 days thereafter, or to the date when the national lockdown ends, whichever is the earlier date.
“If the period of validity stated on a defensive driving certificate expires after the 30th March 2020, its validity shall be automatically extended from the date of expiry to a date ending 180 days thereafter, or to the date when the national lockdown ends, whichever is the earlier date,
“If the date on which a public service vehicle driver must be re-tested falls due at any time between the 30th March 2020, and the date when national lockdown ends, the driver shall be re-tested on a date or dates to be notified by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development by general notice in the Gazette, and until such date or dates the public service vehicle drivers concerned are deemed to have been duly and successfully re-tested.” reads the SI.