DA calls for probe on closure of vehicle licence centres

By Pule Thole, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Transport:

The DA today submitted written questions to Transport, Safety and Liaison MEC Martha Bartlett urging her to explain to which extent the shutdown of the vehicle registration system has affected the Northern Cape Province.

This follows the on-going court battle between the national department of transport and Tasima, which was awarded the tender to manage the country’s vehicle registration system.

Tasima was awarded the tender to operate, manage and maintain the county’s vehicle registration system. However the Pretoria high court declared the contract invalid.

To date, the Sol Plaatje municipality has closed all its traffic department units for vehicle registration and drivers’ licence renewals.

Registering and licensing a motor vehicle in South Africa is a legal requirement and having the registration and licensing documents in order is essential.

The DA calls on MEC Bartlett to ascertain how many traffic departments have been affected in the province and what action is the department taking to address this situation.

If we want to achieve road safety in this province, we must not deny motorists their rightful opportunity.

Its already frustrating standing in long queues and having to paddle through piles of red tape to get important documents like vehicle licence renewals, driving license renewals re-issued or renewed, all pertinent and essential to maintaining and driving motor cars.

We cannot expect motorists to obey the rules but while we deny them the opportunity to adhere to road rules and commit to road safety.