Fraud, corruption and non-compliance remained critical issues that must be addressed at Vehicle Testing Stations (VTS) and Driver Licence Testing Centres (DLTC)
A DRIVING licence testing centre operating in Galeshewe is on the cards for the city.
Delivering her budget speech this week, the MEC for the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Nontobeko Vilakazi, said the testing station had been approved and was currently under review.
“The Information Technology Unit for the installation of ENATIS equipment has been realised, while the installation of the Live Enrolment Unit (LEU) is still to be done by Driver Licence Card Account, an agency of the Department of Transport,” said Vilakazi.
She added that fraud, corruption and non-compliance remained critical issues that must be addressed at Vehicle Testing Stations (VTS) and Driver Licence Testing Centres (DLTC).
“We need to understand that irregular activities with regards to the issuance of vehicle and driving licences undermine the integrity of the vehicle and the driver respectively. Flooding our roads with unroadworthy vehicles and incapable drivers is life threatening. The Provincial Monitoring Unit and the NATIS Help Desk assisted these processes by conducting 61 compliance inspections during the year.”
Vilakazi indicated that the registration of four examiners in De Aar and one in Prieska was cancelled after they were found guilty of committing transgressions and or irregularities.
She said that only Garies, Hanover and Phillipstown are still using municipalities for motor vehicle licence renewals as they do not have post offices.
“The department rolled out the remaining 18 post office sites by September 2018.
Vilakazi stated that two fully equipped mobile operating licensing vehicles were operating in the John Taolo Gaetsewe and ZF Mgcawu districts as part of a pilot project.
She added that the department was working closely with provincial Treasury and the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) to recover all outstanding municipal debt – to increase the revenue collection of the provincial government.
“There has been a significant improvement in the process of revenue collection. The amount collected for the 2018/19 financial period is R241 million, compared to R36 million collected in the 2017/l18 financial year.”
She stated that the first ship was expected to load at the Boegoebaai harbour development by August 2024.
Vilakaxi added that an anti-taxi violence plan had been drafted that would be submitted by the end of the third quarter for implementation by the SAPS.
She stated that 1 500 bicycles would be distributed over the next three years as part of the National Shova Kalula Bicycle Project.
“This programme aims to provide much needed mode of transport to pupils who are too close to qualify for pupil transport and too far to walk with ease. Upon rolling out the programme, we also realised that this programme needs revision to include measures to support the maintenance of bicycles, a matter that is receiving attention at national level.”
She added that provincial Treasury had allocated R3 million for a feasibility study to be undertaken for a weighbridge in JTG.
Vilakazi indicated that the department aimed to reduce fatal crashes by 50 percent by 2030.
“Vacant and funded posts of traffic officers shall be filled when these arise and R2 million will be made available to purchase traffic vehicles to replace and improve the current fleet. “
She said that 79 vehicles would be purchased to increase visibility and improve police response time in attending to complaints.
“All categories of serious crimes must be reduced by three percent with more focus on crimes against women and children. Sixty members will be trained on basic sexual offences courses and 15 members will be trained on family violence, child protection and sexual offences.”
Vilakazi stated that infrastructure and maintenance of Middelpos, Rietfontein, Victoria West, and Vioolsdrift will be done to promote access for persons with disabilities.
“There will also be a repair and upgrade of Norvalspont police station and we will purchase park homes as a short-term measure for satellite police stations. The Upington police station cells will be demolished and rebuilt in order to improve the living conditions of prisoners.”
Administration: R84 million
Civilian oversight: R27 million
Transport operations: R97 million