Moving up a gear

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Long queues and sleeping at testing stations across the country will be a thing of the past from October.

Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe launched the much- awaited electronic National Traffic Information System (eNatis) at Waterfall Park in Midrand yesterday.

The new system, which will be operational from October, will allow people to use ATMs to pay traffic fines and the Internet to book for driver's and learner's licences, and to renew vehicle licences.

"The system replaces the National Traffic Information System, which has limitations," said Radebe.

He said the purpose of the new system was to limit the number of people visiting offices of the Traffic Departments. Radebe said the system will also reduce corruption.

"It will allow for new safeguards aimed at eliminating corrupt licensing practices."

The system, which can perform between 30000 and 40000 transactions an hour, will be monitored from Midrand, where staff will be able to see what is happening at all testing stations.

"We will be able to see stations experiencing problems and help them from here," said Thabo Tsholetsane, acting chief executive of Road Traffic Management Corporation.