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ACCORDING to NMBM traffic and licensing director, Warren Prins, the reason the squad had not been running was due to a lack of funds to supply traffic officials with protective gear.
â€œThe motorcycles were part of traffic deployment for years and we are currently bringing them back.
â€œWe are in the process of supplying officials with protective gear, which will take approximately six to eight weeks.
â€œIn the past, we did not have the funds to supply our officials with the gear.
â€œHowever, the motorcycles have also been used in special cases and major events in the metro. The squad will be working in shifts in order to assist the residents in the metro.â€?
Queues at testing centres receive attention
The traffic and licensing department is in the process of reducing the long queues at the metro licensing centres and have made special provisions to address the ongoing issue.
Meyer said, â€œWe see daily in the newspapers how residents are complaining about long queues. We, as safety and security, canâ€™t sit and do nothing about it.
â€œThe primary reasons for the queues and delays at the centre have been dealt with by the Drivers Licence Card Authority (DLCT).â€?
The DLCT has spearheaded a new software version, which is believed to resolve the current problems.
â€œA pilot test project is currently ongoing in Tshwane and the software upgrade was rolled out to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in February. This has resulted in a significant