While many motorists are relieved via way of means of the latest assertion concerning the grace length extension for the renewal of expired motive force’s licences to March 2022, there are questions on the coverage implications ought to a motive force be worried in a automobile twist of fate with an expired licence.
This is likewise in all likelihood to be pinnacle of thoughts for motorists who've taken to the street given the 1/3 time period faculty vacations and in the course of the approaching festive season whilst country wide highways grow to be jam-filled with holidaymakers en direction to their destination.
Under ordinary circumstances, using with out a legitimate using licence effects withinside the immediately dismissal of any motor coverage claims.
“We urge motorists who're in ownership of an expired licence to test with their insurer thru their broker, what their stance is at the issue, for the reason that insurers are beneathneath no felony duty to waive the in any other case very strict and essential requirement for a legitimate using licence,” stated Lizo Mnguni, spokesperson at Old Mutual Insure.
In line with the Department of Transport’s assertion, Old Mutual Insure has determined to additionally provide a grace length to its policyholders till 30 June 2022.
“This selection will assist alleviate any worries policyholders might also additionally have approximately the coverage implications ought to they be worried in an twist of fate whilst in ownership of an expired motive force’s licence,” stated Mnguni.
That stated, the insurer is urging all policyholders and different motorists to resume their motive force’s licences beforehand of the grace length and now no longer to apply the extension as “an excuse now no longer to resume their licence, for the reason that the non-renewal fee is alarming”.
According to the Department of Transport, nationally, out of a complete of 2.eight million expired licences, 1.2 million licence holders have now no longer but renewed their licences, equal to a 42% non-renewal fee.
Christelle Colman, spokesperson for Old Mutual Insure, stated that South Africa is already a closely beneathneath-insured country, and the backlog poses issues to the protection requirements of the country wide fleet.
Of the anticipated eleven million motors and drivers at the country’s roads, it's miles believed that handiest approximately one-1/3, about 3.five million are insured. “We can surmise that extra than 1/2 of of the 3.five million motor policyholders, nearly 2 million people, face the chance of getting their motor claims rejected ought to they be worried in an twist of fate.”
The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is helping with assuaging the strain via way of means of encouraging South Africans to resume their licences on-line. The Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC has additionally began out a brand new marketing campaign to address the backlog of licences.
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula stated this week that motive force licence trying out centres are experiencing huge capability issues and corruption from officers seeking out bribes. This has exacerbated lengthy-status problems just like the unavailability of on-line structures and defective system at trying out centres, main to lengthy delays.
“We are specifically involved with the low variety of motorists who're taking gain of the extension of the validity length. Since the extension of the validity length, handiest 38,619 motorists have renewed their licences,” Mbalula stated.
“This leaves us with a backlog of 633,800 expired using licences which might be but to be renewed.”
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