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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 reduction in the waiting time,â€? Meyer said.
â€œHowever, there is still a major hurdle with regard to the queues at the traffic and licensing centres.
â€œThe opening of the new traffic and licensing centre in Motherwell in July this year, will have a major impact on the long queues,â€? he said.
The national Department of Transport has rolled out a national online booking system in Gauteng, which is currently underway in the Western Cape. The system will be operational in the Eastern Cape later this year.
Meyer added, â€œWe are living in a digital transformation age where we work daily with â€˜appsâ€™ on our cellphones.
â€œThis is the way forward â€“ to do most things by means of an â€˜appâ€™ on your cellphone.â€?