Police to start issuing short term driving licences

Driving licence seekers during a past provisional test at Amahoro Stadium. File.

Rwanda National Police will start issuing temporary driving licences to people who have passed related practical tests, according to a statement by the Ministry of Infrastructure.

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The Consultative National Road Safety Committee received a go-ahead from the Ministry of Infrastructure upon requesting the authorisation to issue the short-term national driving license.

“The Minister of State in Charge of Transport has authorised the issuance of short term national driving licence with validity not exceeding six months to people who have passed related practical test,” the statement reads in part.

This comes after widespread complaints from several Rwandans who have sat and passed definitive driving tests, but have not yet obtained their driving permits since the year began.

The Spokesperson for Traffic Police Department, Senior Superintendent of Police, Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, confirmed the development and said that the decision comes to address these concerns.

“It has been a while since the production of driver’s licences reduced. We had to find a solution for people hence deciding to start issuing short term driving licence to those who passed practical tests or those who wanted to extend their existing permits,” he said.

Ndushabandi said they started issuing them today and that they would be dispatched to district headquarters by Monday.