The clampdown on drivers who have not converted to the card-style licence has led to dramatic increase in applications for learner’s licences. Cape Town applicants will now have to wait until September for driver’s licence appointments.

The clampdown on drivers who have not converted to the card-style licence has led to dramatic increase in applications for learner’s licences. Cape Town applicants will now have to wait until September for driver’s licence appointments.

By the beginning of May, 15 000 drivers nationwide had been stopped at roadblocks for not having valid licences

Recently traffic authorities in KwaZulu-Natal said the roa blocks would continue. "Every day the numbers are mounting and we are determined to continue with this campaign," said Rajen Crinaboo of the KwaZulu-Natal inspectorate.

He said the usual excuse was that the driver could not afford the costs involved, while other drivers said they objected in principle to the whole process. "We've had cases where they said they are not going to convert and a lawyer is taking us to court."

The reported that city traffic official Brian Scheepers said learner’s test classes were full. “There has been a substantial increase in the number of people making learner’s test appointments, but for those people who have been driving for years, the test is proving to be a little difficult,” he said.

Scheepers those motorists wanting to make learner’s test appointments could expect to wait up to two months for an opening. He said driving test spots were also full, with inspectors taking 32 people a day.