According to the National Driving Schools Forum, driving schools have been negotiating for changes to outdated or inappropriate legislation for almost 40 years – all to no effect.
This has caused a host of problems, such as illegal operators, inadequate staffing at licencing and testing centres, endemic corruption among officials and poor treatment meted out to driving schools by officials.
It appears that little or no interest exists to remedy a situation that fundamentally affects the state of motorised transport in Gauteng, and there is evidently no sense of urgency.
The Department of Roads and Transport set out in detail an ambitious programme for transforming licencing centres, and the committee stressed the urgency and importance of the matter, especially with regard to conflicting legislation on provincial and local level.
During the past few weeks, the DA has on a number of occasions called for high level intervention over reports of shocking service and organisation at licencing centres.
Transport MEC Ismail Vadi visited Centurion and was clearly shaken by what he found. He frankly and correctly pronounced the facility dysfunctional and promised to act.
It is now up to the MEC and his department to deal with errant, lazy and corrupt municipal officials speedily, and that a semblance of service delivery returns.
Justus de Goede MPL
DA Gauteng spokesperson on transport
060 558 8305