Motorists who used private companies to apply for their new car-format licences may have to reapply as many of these documents could be invalid.

Motorists who used private companies to apply for their new car-format licences may have to reapply as many of these documents could be invalid.

The reported that thousands of motorists paid private companies as much as three times more than the normal rates to submit applications for them and to avoid long queues.

Sizwe Matshikiza, the spokesperson for Khabisi Mosunkutu, the Gauteng transport MEC, said irregular procedures were used and the licences might not be legal as motorists could only apply in person.

"It's a great pity that a number of people have been taken for a ride... no one but the motorist can apply for and obtain a driver's licence," he said.

Sisa Mvumvu, the general manager of Johannesburg Metro licensing department, said the private companies had set up at licensing departments, but had not followed the correct procedures.

"The use of unregistered optometrists and stolen forms for the fingerprint tests had rendered scores of applications invalid. These licences will be withdrawn,” he said.

Original article from Car