The Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) has delivered good news to those who are interested in obtaining a driver’s licence.For the first time since closing in March due to Covid-19 induced national lockdown, VID will start conducting road tests and issuing driver’s licences from tomorrow. This follows approval by Cabinet last month for the department to resume its operations.
Govt has been producing 48 Driver’s Licences Per Day From the time of the approval until recently. VID was in the process of developing operating procedures and health protocols in line with Covid-19 guidelines. Transport and Infrastructural Development Permanent Secretary Engineer Amos Marawa told Sunday News that VID had finalised the process and was ready to resume operations.The guidelines were approved by Cabinet and the National Covid-19 Taskforce. Marawa said:VID has developed operating guidelines and standard operating procedures which are in line with WHO guidelines and were approved by the National Taskforce on Covid-19, and Cabinet. These will guide the operations of VID during the pandemic.The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development has since issued a circular to all depots instructing them to start conducting tests and issuing drivers’ licences from tomorrow.
During the time VID has seized operations, Government extended the validity of provisional driving licences and defensive driving certificates by six months to give room for holders to remain eligible for testing.In related news, the Insurance Council of Zimbabwe (ICZ) has challenged the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) to improve its capacity to issue adequate vehicle registration licences. ICZ chief executive officer Mr Tendai Karonga told journalists during a virtual training that there are 80 000 unregistered vehicles in Zimbabwe, yet the CVR only has the capacity to issue 32 000 registration plates up to year-end