HARARE – Zimbabwe Class 2 drivers’ licence holders intending to drive light motor vehicles abroad must either come back to the country and downgrade or obtain their class 4 in the United Kingdom, the transport ministry has said.
This comes after a number of drivers working in the UK have been inconvenienced affected after authorities in the European country refused to convert their Zimbabwean driver’s licences without producing Certificates of Competency, which were temporary, upon request for conversion to a British Licence.
In a statement, the ministry said the latest official position on conversion of Zimbabwean licences was that the licence body of the UK will only entertain those who were competently tested holders of classes 4 and 2.
“The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development through the Central Vehicle Registry in conjunction with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of the United Kingdom is advising the public of the new policy position about the exchange of the Zimbabwe driver’s licence in the United Kingdom whereby DVLA will only entertain the exchange of Class 4 driver’s licence for those competently tested for driving the light motor vehicles and class 2 for those driving trucks.
“Holders of Class 2 drivers licence intending to drive light motor vehicles must either come back to Zimbabwe and downgrade or obtain their Class 4 in the United Kingdom.
“Those intending to downgrade from Class 2 to Class 4 are required to approach the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) offices for assistance before visiting the Vehicle Inspectorate Department (VID). Holders of both classes 2 and 4 obtained on different test dates will not be affected. The CVR is encouraging those affected to bring their driver’s licence and be guided accordingly,” said the ministry.