DURBAN - The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport said partial operations resumed on Monday at the Rossburgh Licence Testing Centre after weeks of closure due to flood related damages.
KZN Transport MEC Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni said the partial opening of Rossburgh, the third largest testing centre in the country, is important to the people of eThekwini and the province.
In a statement on Monday, the department said minimum services are being offered at the section of the centre that reopened that day (Monday).
“In the main, the station is currently attending to the issuing of driving licence cards. The cards that are being issued are those dating back to between October and December 2021,” it said.
These licence cards had already been delivered when the province was hit by floods and were not damaged, said the department.
“The bookings for learners, driving licences and testing is still suspended until all clean-up operations are finalised and temporary office accommodation set up,” it said.
The department said the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) brought in new computers and installed the National Traffic Information System (eNaTIS) lines after the infrastructure was wiped out by the floods.
Some vehicles have also been deployed to the centre after nine belonging to Rossburgh were damaged, it said. The department added that it is working hard to ensure that other services resume.
“Recently the KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, visited the station and directed that services be not relocated as the station is servicing high volumes of people. The team working at the station will use the section of the building that was not damaged while the damaged section is being assessed,” said the statement.
The MEC apologised to the motorists and members of the public who have been inconvenienced during this closure.
“Those who had applied before December 2021 must go and collect their cards. We also humbly ask for patience with the system as it’s still slow,” said Nkonyeni.