Shaky start to e-licence

South Africa's upgraded transport information system got off to a shaky start yesterday, with some testing stations failing to reopen.

South Africa's upgraded transport information system got off to a shaky start yesterday, with some testing stations failing to reopen.

Authorities in most provinces reported hiccups and persistent technical failures.

Vehicle testing stations, registering authorities and driver's licence testing centres were closed last week for the upgrading of the old National Transport Information System (Natis) to the new eNatis one.

Testing stations in Midrand, Randburg, Sandton, Langlaagte and Pretoria were still closed due to technical glitches.

Johannesburg metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said testing stations were supposed to have been opened again last Friday.

In Ekurhuleni, testing stations were open, but the system kept shutting down.

Mpumalanga transport department spokesman David Nkambule said traffic officials only started working at about 11am as the server was down in the morning.

Eastern Cape transport department spokesman Ncedo Kumbaca said they were experiencing technical hiccups.

No problems were reported in North West, Limpopo and Northern Cape.

National department of transport spokesman Ntau Letebele said technicians were working around the clock to solve the problems. - Sapa

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