Gauteng to recall 45 000 vehicles

2009-02-18 14:55
Johannesburg - The Gauteng government plans to recall 45 000 vehicles to retest their roadworthiness in the next financial year, Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia said on Wednesday.

More than 3 400 vehicles have been recalled since October 2007 for receiving illegal roadworthy certificates, he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"During the 2009/10 financial year, we aim to recall 45 000 vehicles to be retested for roadworthiness. The focus will be on public passenger and goods vehicles," said Cachalia.

Another 486 learner's licences and 62 professional driving permits have been cancelled after being issued fraudulently since October 2007.

Three vehicle testing stations in Gauteng have also been deregistered for corrupt activities.

"Another seven [vehicle testing stations] were issued with notices to improve on control weaknesses or face deregistration," said Cachalia.

"We placed emphasis... on visible law enforcement; stamping out fraud and corruption at vehicle testing stations and driver's licence testing centres."

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