Rwanda reduces driving license period of issuance to hours

Candidate under going practical motorcycle riding test

Candidate under going practical motorcycle riding test

Rwanda has reduced the period of issuing driving license to 24 hours after the practical driving exam, effective January 2014 in order to standardize service delivery.


This was disclosed by the Deputy Commissioner General of Rwanda National Police (RNP) in charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza during the launch of the annual Traffic Week in Nyarugenge District on December 24, 2013.


Munyuza said that the new system is aimed at improving service delivery across the country.


He said the initiative is another way of ensuring safety on road.


“There is no need for someone to acquire a forged permit when they can easily get one through the right channels. This is why we continue to ease the processing of the documents,” said Munyuza.


In May 2013, police reduced the time of acquiring a driving license from three months to two weeks.


Traffic police department has for the past one year been undergoing a string of reforms, some of which include improving technology, and upgrading software to detect any error in the license details before it’s printed out.


This has significantly reduced on road accidents.


For example, 2012 registered 933 road accidents while 2013 has 509 road accidents. Road accidents reduced by 34.9 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year.


Apart from reducing the timeframe to acquire driving licenses, a lot is being done to reduce road accidents. This includes sensitizing Motorcyclists about road safety rules and more.


“Police officers will be deployed to help the public who would not be in position to drive home as part of ensuring road safety during the festive season,” Munyuza said.


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