Philippi opens the Joe Gqabi Drivers Centre
By Tarryn Le Chat
27 March 2007
Mayor Helen Zille will officially open the Joe Gqabi Driver’s Licence Testing Centre in Philippi today.
The mayor will be accompanied by the MEC for Transport and Public Works, Marius Fransman and members of the mayoral committee.
Since the year 2000, Philippi and surrounding areas had been identified for such a centre and thus led to the establishment of the driver’s testing licence centre.
The centre includes facilities for learner driver’s testing, testing for driver’s licences and the issuing of roadworthy certificates.
The centre will be equipped to handle roadworthy tests for all types of vehicles, ranging from tucks to buses and cars.
The installation of the National Traffic Information System (NATIS) will allow the centre to extend its capacity to make provisions for other services. This will also ease the backlog of learner’s and licence tests.
According to the statement, Metro Police spokesperson Nowellyn Petersen says, “It is our endeavour to reduce the current six month waiting period for learner and driver’s tests to three months or less”.