Dr Neil Campbell MPL
Spokesperson on Roads and Transport
The DA in Gauteng will request a thorough investigation into driver’s licences that were bought or fraudulently obtained in the province. According to an exposé in the Sowetan this morning the Merafong Driving Licence Testing Centre in Carletonville on the West Rand is the epicentre of such a licence buying scam. The report indicates that for about R7 000 a person with impaired vision can pass an eye test, get a learners driver’s licence, book a driving licence test and get a “legitimate” licence without their driving ability ever being tested at a testing station.
According to a source, a maximum of two tests are conducted at the station daily, but at least 20 happy clients walked away with temporary driving licences every day. Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi must urgently investigate this centre and crack down on the five “bogus” driving schools operating as “a law unto themselves” organising fraudulent licences at the centre.
The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport must also properly audit licensing figures and thoroughly investigate the procedures and entities involved in issuing driver’s licences. Individuals and companies involved in fraudulently obtaining licences and those driving around with them must be brought to book and face the full might of the law. The department and relevant authorities must clamp down on these people in Gauteng who contributes to and perpetuate a cycle of death and disorder on our roads.