Numerous traffic offices and test centres in the Free State are currently experiencing problems, and it is having a detrimental impact on road users who are trying to comply with the relevant traffic rules.
The FF Plus demanded in a letter to the Department of Community Safety, Roads and Transport that dysfunctional test centres and traffic offices must be turned around.
The Department is not only responsible for rendering services to road users, but also needs to generate revenue that must, in turn, be spent on road infrastructure.
In the previous financial year, the Department could not meet its target of generating more than R1 billion from, among other things, the renewal of licences.
The result is that the province, which already has poor road infrastructure, had to get by with even less money for maintenance and upgrades.
The FF Plus demands better management at the traffic offices in, among other places, Parys, Frankfort, Wesselsbron, Petrus Steyn, Lindley, Bethlehem, Boshoff and Hertzogville, where some traffic centres are closed, computers are outdated and systems are not working.
Other problems include: roadworthy tests cannot be performed, offices and facilities are in a terrible condition, and the documentation needed for renewals or applications is simply not available.
The FF Plus also received complaints about officials’ rude and unprofessional behaviour at these centres, which must urgently be addressed.
Free State road users are falling victim to dangerous roads, because for years the ANC government failed to do proper maintenance in the province.
The people of the Free State deserve proper traffic services and a safe road network. The only way to bring about true change is to get rid of the ANC.