Killer truck testers closed

2014-05-30 00:00

THE testing station that passed the truck that killed 24 people in the Field’s Hill tragedy was served notice to suspend operations yesterday morning.

The suspension of the North Coast Vehicle Testing Station in Phoenix followed a joint operation by the KZN Department of Transport (DoT), Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and SAPS Organised Crime Unit.

The operation uncovered fraud and corrupt activities at the station and resulted in the arrests of two employees for allegedly issuing fraudulent vehicle roadworthiness certificates.

According to a DoT statement, one examiner is reported to have issued a roadworthiness certificate while he was off sick.

MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, welcomed the suspension of the vehicle testing station’s operations.

He said the issuing of fraudulent roadworthiness certificates undermined government’s efforts to reduce the scourge of road fatalities.

According to DoT spokesperson Nathi Sukazi, “mechanical faults are a regular feature” of many of the reported traffic accidents.

“We really need to focus on the roadworthiness of vehicles and that includes looking at the testing stations.”

Sukazi said eight testing stations had been suspended over the last six months by the DoT and would not be allowed to re-open until they complied with regulations.

“In addition, some 56 [including the one announced today] vehicle examiners’ certificates have been cancelled.”

The following vehicle testing stations (VTS) have been closed since 2002:

- Gap Roadworthy.

- Richmond Vehicle Testing Station (VTS).

- Gap Ulundi.

- Hillcrest Roadworthy.

- Mazibuye AAA VTS.


- Isipingo VTS.

- Durban Roadworthy.

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