False roadworthy certificates are a leading cause of South Africa’s death toll on the roads.
This was the message at the Kempton Park testing station yesterday. The station is offering free roadworthy assessments this month.
“I think the biggest problem is cars not even being there when a roadworthy (test) is done,” said Boet Fivaz, manager of the Kempton Park testing centre.
He said this was a problem in both the private and public sector, but there were already plans in place to clamp down on the problem in municipal testing centres in Ekurhuleni.
One assessment lane in the Kempton Park centre has already been fitted with a computerised testing kit, which captures the weight of each axle and the braking power of the vehicle. All the information, as well as an image of the vehicle and its licence plate number, is then captured and cannot be altered by technicians, who are currently being trained to use the system as more assessment lanes are due to become computerised.
“I think this will eliminate the human error,” Fivaz said.
THE BIG PROBLEM
The MMC for transport at the municipality, Thumbu Mahlangu, said fake roadworthy certificates are a major problem for road safety.
However, he said private businesses that are guilty of this can’t be dealt with at a municipal level.
“I think that will be your national and provincial governments that will clamp down on those,” he said.
Mahlangu said owners of unroadworthy cars should not be afraid of going for an assessment as the municipality is focusing on preventing dangerous cars from being on the road.
“For now it’s safety, but if they push us too far, we will have to call law enforcement,” he said.
During October, the assessment fee and the fee for issuing the roadworthy certificate will be waived as the municipality encourages the public and private sector to get vehicles tested in the build-up to the holiday season.
The fees are normally R108 for a motorbike, R180 for a light motor vehicle and R228 for heavy vehicles, while the certificate costs R72 across all vehicle categories.
Yesterday, 18 sedans, 17 taxis and 19 taxis were tested. Of that, one truck and 11 taxis failed. -The Star