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W.Cape Transport questions provisional licence plan

The WC Transport Department believes it might not be practical to implement provisional licenses.

WC Transport Department said on Thursday it might not be practical to implement provisional licenses.

CAPE TOWN - It might not be practical to implement provisional licences, the Western Cape Transport Department said on Wednesday.

The provisional licence is part of proposed changes to the National Traffic Act. Public comment on the suggested changes closed last week.

One of the suggestions means drivers will have a 12-month probation period before they can obtain a permanent licence.

Department spokesperson Siphesihle Dube said the national department will need to explain how this will work.

"With the provisional driving licences there are concerns that there may be practical implications and the department would like to see these practical implications thrashed out to see how it will be implementable practically."

Dube said some of the other changes will work well to promote road safety.

"The department has endorsed roadworthy testing."