Centres close for upgrading

All 99 vehicle testing stations, registering offices and driver's licence testing centres in North West will be closed for a week from today.

All 99 vehicle testing stations, registering offices and driver's licence testing centres in North West will be closed for a week from today.

North West Traffic Department spokesman Matshube Mfoloe said the offices would be closed to replace ageing technology.

Mfoloe said this would enable "traffic-related information systems to be transferred from the old national transport information system (Natis) to the new advanced system called eNatis".

The 14-year-old Natis system is the national register that officials use to enforce the National Traffic Act, said Mfoloe.

The upgrade means that in future some road-related services will be available via ATMs and the Internet.

The closure means the following transactions in the province will not be able to processed for the next seven days:

l renewal of vehicle licenses;

l registration of vehicles;

l roadworthy tests; and

l applications for and tests for learner's and driver's licences.

"All systems are expected to be running smoothly from Friday April 13," said Mfoloe. - Sapa

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