‘Bought licenses an ongoing issue’ — Blade Nzimande

2018-07-04 06:00
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaNational Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande at Mkondeni.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaNational Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande at Mkondeni.

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NATIONAL Minister of Transport Dr. Blade Nzimande said the Department of Transport still faces the challenge of a high number of bought and forged drivers licenses.

Nzimande divulged this information last Friday when he made a surprise visit to the Mkondeni vehicle testing centre.

The aim of this visit was to check how the centre operated on a daily basis.

Nzimande said that he was happy with the operations at the centre however he expressed concerns about people who buy their drivers licences.

“These bought drivers licences are contributing a lot to the road accidents that are happening on our roads. People get licences when they do not even know how to drive and then they go out there and they cause accidents. We want our law enforcement to make sure that the people who get their licences are the people who can really drive,” he said.

He also expressed concerns about the truck drivers that dodge the weigh bridge at Mkondeni. He said that they will be taking those trucks off the road.

“We will close these road that they are using when they are dodging the weigh bridge. They are damaging these road because they are not meant for heavily loaded trucks. We also don’t know whether they are dodging the weigh bridge because they are overloaded or if they are carrying something illegal.

“We have a lot of trucks that are coming in and out of the country and we need to monitor them. We will do a random road block and search all the trucks.

“We will also deal with the truck owners who are illegally hiring foreign nationals. We do have a process of employing foreign nationals but we also believe that there are lot of South African people who the skill to drive these trucks. The offending truck owners need to be arrested.

“We can also not deal with the truck drivers that block the roads and we will take actions against them,” he said.

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