The Minister of transport and exploration Yisrael Katz presented on 20 July an extensive reform in the field of services related to the paperwork for drivers and registration of vehicles. The objective of the programme is to reduce queues at the offices of the Department of motor vehicles as well as simplification of procedures for obtaining documents necessary for drivers and vehicle owners.
It is planned to extend the period of validity of driving permits, expand the list of services provided via the Internet. It is also expected relocation of the offices of Management in a more modern and spacious building. A number of measures envisaged in the framework of the reform will significantly simplify the procedure of registration of vehicles and issuance of documents necessary drivers. All this should improve the level of service citizens.
Transport Minister Yisrael Katz called it one of the most major reforms ever undertaken in the field of registration of vehicles in Israel, which takes into account the real needs of drivers. «The reform will significantly reduce the waiting time, save a huge number of people time and money. In many cases, even not necessary to come to the offices of the Management», — said the head of the transport Department.
The main points of reform:
The renewal of driver’s license until the driver is 70 years of age. Minister Yisrael Katz has decided to extend the period of validity of driver’s licenses, which are issued for the management of private car and motorcycle. The validity of the document will expire when the driver turns 70 years. That is, will not need to obtain a new document every 10 years, as is customary today. Drivers who reach age 70 will need to issue new licences every 5 years until 80 years of age. Next — every 2 years, as it opened today.
A similar procedure exists in many European countries. Indefinite driver’s license issued in Germany, France and Belgium. In the UK, Denmark and Finland this document is valid up to the 70th anniversary of the driver.
Expanding the range of services provided to drivers in the post offices of the country. Today 700 post offices of Israel («Doar Israel»), you can get a new driver’s license. It is important for those drivers, the validity of the driving permit has expired and a new document sent to a postal address, not reached the addressee, and for those whose licence was lost, stolen or damaged. From 1 September 2017 at the post offices of the country also, you can get a license to own a vehicle, which performs functions of registration certificate («rision renew»), and pay the annual fee in cash or by credit card.
The transport Ministry will double the number of computerized machines (Reshimot) , which for a few seconds to get a duplicate driver’s license and registration certificate of the car, and pay for their renewal or receipt(credit card required of the owner of the driving license or the vehicle). In addition, you can obtain a printout with a list of previous owners of the vehicle (usually required when buying or selling a car). As is known, machines are located in dozens of branches network of «Super-farm» across the country and in some shopping centers. By the end of this year it is planned to establish 50 such technical points. Thus, the number of automated stands throughout the country will reach almost 100.
Queuing or pre-ordering the queue at reception. The reform will be given the opportunity to pre-order the queue to the office of the vehicle registration. Recording will be done through the web site or cell phone. For those who booked a place in advance, the waiting time will not exceed 15 minutes. Recording is possible in the offices in Haifa, Beersheba, Jerusalem and Ashkelon. In other branches of the service will be available in the coming months.
The transfer of the offices of the Department of registration of motor vehicles in new buildings. Reform 12 branches Control will be transferred to a more modern and more spacious building. The up coming holidays, will open four new branches in Jerusalem (Central), Beit Shemesh, Ashdod and Netanya. In the coming months 7 branches in the following settlements will be transferred to other buildings in Jerusalem (district branch), Ramat Gan, Rehovot or Rishon Le-Zion, Haifa, Carmiel and Kiryat Shmona. Next month it is planned to open after a major refurbishment the offices of management in Holon, where the conditions are significantly improved reception and service of citizens.
The extension of hours receiving visitors in the offices of management. All branches will be increased hours reception hours of visitors. Reception of citizens will be carried out also in the afternoon. Will expand the number of staff conducting reception of citizens.
The replacement of foreign driving license to an Israeli. Verification driver’s licenses for immigrants and nationals with the status of «returning resident hoser» (Israelis who returned from abroad), will be greatly simplified. These categories of citizens can obtain Israeli driver’s license to drive the car or motorcycle, they will not have to pass a practical driving exam («test»). The condition for this will be a driver’s license, which we do in the country of origin for at least 5 years. The term of validity of driving permits of foreign workers will be extended to 5 years, in accordance with the term of validity of the visa to reside in Israel.
Drivers will be able to undergo medical check-UPS not only in MURBAD (the Medical Institute for road safety). The Ministry of transport issued a tender to conduct medical checks for drivers of heavy and public transport, which they must pass in the framework of the application for a license for the management of these types of vehicles. This should reduce the waiting time from six months to three weeks.
Only in 2016, the transport Ministry has made about 8 million of actions / procedures on vehicle registration, registration and issuance of documents. In 2016, the branches Management took 1 million 320 thousand drivers, which on average produced 2.77 million of certain procedures related to the registration of the vehicle or the paperwork, more than double in 2015. Telephone the reference center of the Ministry of transport (tel: *5678) took 1.8 million cases, about one million were manufactured by computerized machines (40% more than in 2015).