By Ina Cilliers MPL, DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Merafong:
The Merafong municipality’s failure to maintain equipment at the Carletonville testing centre is forcing motorists to travel 40 km to the next nearest centre in Randfontein.
The machine used to test brakes at the centre needs to be re-calibrated, but the municipality has stonewalled the approval of the R15 000 payment required to do so.
Amid the already tumultuous financial situation the municipality finds itself in – it is now losing an estimated R50 000 to R100 000 a month in unperformed roadworthy tests.
The DA is particularly concerned over the impact this would have on road safety in the area, as well the local economy.
Not every vehicle owner will be able to travel to Randfontein due to cost constraints and limited time off from work, potentially increasing the number of unroadworthy vehicles on the roads.
Quality service delivery should not be curtailed because a municipality refuses to acknowledge the long-term income benefit from a short term outlay.
The DA will engage with Gauteng roads and transport MEC Ismail Vadi and request that he ensure Merafong fast track this payment.