Two driving test centre examiners in Garden Route arrested for fraud

The Hawks have arrested two examiners of motor vehicles at a private Vehicle Testing Station in the Garden Route District on Friday, for alleged fraudulent activities.

This follows several months of investigation and evidence gathering, between the Hawks and officials from the Department of Transport and Public Works’ Transport Administration and Licensing Directorate.

The arrests were made following suspicions of alleged fraudulent activities, including the issuing of Certificates of Roadworthiness for unroadworthy vehicles – with vehicles often not even appearing at the testing station before the issuing of a CRW.

Western Cape’s Mobility MEC, Ricardo Mackenzie, welcomed the arrest.

“We have a responsibility to keep our roads safe for all road users. Unscrupulous and criminal officials or private sector testing station operators who make themselves guilty of fraud or corruption in this space must know that they endanger the lives of children, families and all road users when they allow unroadworthy vehicles and unqualified drivers onto our roads.”

“Failed or worn brakes on a bus, truck, minibus – or any vehicle for that matter – could lead to a catastrophic crash with multiple fatalities. Perpetrators must know that we show zero tolerance for these crimes and we trust that the National Prosecuting Authority will act swiftly to ensure successful prosecutions.”

“We know the immense trauma and grief caused by just one accident with multiple passengers killed, especially if it could have been avoided. Cutting corners with road safety checks is simply not worth it. We all have a responsibility to play our part in making sure our roads are safe for everyone,” concluded Ricardo Mackenzie, Western Cape’s Mobility MEC.


Done by: Mitchum George


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