New driving test station to reduce long queues

2015-02-05 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG motorists wanting to renew their driver’s and vehicle licences will soon get a reprieve from the long queues with a new testing station opening in the city centre.

The new station will be in A.S. Chetty building in Church Street and is due to open its doors later this month.

The Msunduzi Municipality said it will offer some of the services currently offered at the Mkondeni testing station. No driving tests will, however, be done there.

They already had successful dry runs in January to test equipment and are now waiting for the special printing paper to be supplied by the national department, to be delivered.

Driving school operators welcomed the move, saying it will alleviate the pressure at the Mkondeni test station. Mkondeni caters for hundreds of people daily.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said the station will complement Mkondeni station. “This will be a place where people could come to renew their driver’s licence and also to renew their motor vehicle licences, cutting the waiting time.”

Nkosi said the station was convenient for the public as it was on a public transport route.

IFP leader Dolo Zondi in the council said the idea had been proposed to alleviate the pressure at Mkondeni.

“This will be for local drivers … We realised that there was a lot of pressure at the provincial testing ground.

“Pietermaritzburg is much bigger now and we needed to build this station to accommodate the local drivers.”

Dawn Bekker of the Delta driving school said Mkondeni was under pressure and people had to wait for hours for simple services.

“People going to Mkondeni for simple things like ­renewing their driver’s licence have to sit in long queues, sometimes for three to four hours, before they could get to the counter. This will definitely help with alleviating that pressure.”

Sham Rajkumar, of Sham’s driving school, said this was a great move. “There are terrible bottlenecks in Mkondeni. The queues are unreal. There is nothing wrong at Mkondeni; people there work hard but the area they are serving is simply too big.”

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