KIGALI: RWANDAN motorists will no longer need to renew their driving permits when they expire, police said on Monday.
The directive is contained in a ministerial order published in the official gazette on March 6.
The ministerial order issued by State Minister in charge of Transport, Dr Alex Nzahabwanimana, modifies the 2002 presidential decree regulating the general traffic police and road traffic.
Speaking to journalists in Kigali on Monday, Jean Marie Vianney
Ndushabandi, the spokesperson of the Rwanda National Police Traffic and Road Safety said the drivers would no longer be renewing the documents effective February1.
“The expired licenses will continue to be valid until further notice,” Ndushabandi said.
Currently, licenses were valid for five years at a cost costing Rwf 50 000.
However, it is not known whether the new arrangements would change reduce or increase the cost price.
Andrew Buyinza, a taxi driver in Remera, Kigali said he was happy with the announcement on Monday since his license was about to expire.
“My driving permit was due to expire at the end of this year but if the new order has removed the expiry dates then it is good news for me,” he said.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY