Card-style driving licences will no longer be accepted as a method of identification at traffic departments following an amendment to the National Road Traffic Act.

Card-style driving licences will no longer be accepted as a method of identification at traffic departments following an amendment to the National Road Traffic Act.

Peter Beets, director of roads, infrastructure and administration at the Western Cape Department of Transport told the that the Act had to be amended because national transport authorities had received legal opinion that "because only the motorists' initials appear on the card, and not their full names, these licences can not be used for identification".


Cape Town unicity spokesman Heathcliff Thomas was quoted as saying that traffic authorities were bound by law to adhere to the new regulation. By contrast, the credit card licence is increasingly being accepted as a form of identification at some banks and for certain commercial transactions.


The amendment, dated September 25, says: "Regulation 1... is amended by the substitution for the definition of 'acceptable identification' of the following definition: acceptable identification means a temporary identity certificate, an identity document or identity card issued in terms of the Identity Act, 1997 (Act No 68 of 1997)."

There were fears that the move could force drivers to have their licences reissued, which would mean a repeat of the long queues earlier this year when motorists rushed to get their new licences ahead of the deadline. However, a spokesman for the department of transport in KwaZulu-Natal told CARtoday.com on Thursday: "No licences will need to be reissued. The credit-card style licences were never intended to be used for personal identification purposes and the department does not advocate banks or other businesses accepting the documents for that purpose.


"Traffic officials must identify drivers by checking their driver's licences in conjunction with their ID documents," the spokesman added. "It is not envisaged that when licence cards are renewed they will be modified to reflect additional personal details, because identification documents fall under the auspices of the department of home affairs - not the department of transport".


At the time of this report, department of transport spokesman Lisa Mangcu was unavailable for comment.

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