11 September 2018
George Vehicle Testing Station reopens
George Executive Mayor Melvin Naik officially reopened the facility yesterday (10 September 2018), which will be available to the public for roadworthy testing from next Monday, 17 September 2018.
The testing station was closed as a precautionary measure following allegations of corruption at the facility in 2009. The matters surrounding the allegations were addressed but the station never reopened.
Following elections in 2016, newly elected Executive Mayor Melvin Naik appealed to council that steps be taken to reopen the testing station. “Due to new legislation, the requirements for municipal vehicle testing facilities had changed and the upgrades at the station had to be more significant than we expected and took longer than we had hoped. However, the result is a state-of-the-art facility with cutting-edge electronic equipment, including advanced extractor fan equipment in the inspection pit, the first to be installed at a municipal facility in the Western Cape,” said Mr Naik.
The reopened Grade A-testing facility can handle most types of vehicles, weighing up to 10 000kg and can easily accommodate a double-decker bus. In addition to its usual staff compliment, the municipality has several additional qualified staff available for peak testing times and special operations.
The mayor commended the Directorate Protection Services and the George Traffic Department for the effort made to reopen the testing station and called on vehicle owners to make use of the facility – not just when vehicles change hands and legally required roadworthy certificates, but as responsible road users for the safety of all. “The cost of testing your vehicle at the municipal site is significantly lower than at a commercial testing station and is intended to encourage people to test their vehicles, especially if they transport people or drive long distances,” said Mr Naik.
Chief Directorate: Traffic Management, Transport and Public Works, Kenny Africa, said reopening of the testing facility would contribute significantly towards traffic and criminal law enforcement in the Southern Cape. “There was a time when bus and truck operators would not have dared to drive unroadworthy vehicles or carry contraband past George, even after hours, because they knew they would be stopped and sent to the testing station immediately if they did not comply. Not only would unroadworthy vehicles not be allowed back on the road if they failed essential tests, but officers also searched vehicles for smuggled goods such as drugs and perlemoen.
“Since the George testing station closed, bus and truck operators had become difficult to control and serious accidents on the roads between the Eastern and Western Cape have notably increased. The key to road safety lies with driver behaviour, and the presence of the testing station - combined with strict and regular joint operations to pull unworthy vehicles off the road - will send a clear message that unroadworthy vehicles and illegal activity will be dealt with severely, 24/7, which in turn will ultimately lead to a change in behaviour, safer roads and safer communities,” said Mr Africa.
George Traffic Chief Donovan Saptoe said the reopening of the George Municipality Motor Vehicle Testing Station had direct benefits for locals who could now again test their vehicles for much less than at private, commercial testing stations. “The tariffs are determined by legislation and is intended to be affordable so that all road users can comply and ultimately make our roads safer.”
He confirmed the testing station would be open to the public for routine roadworthy tests during normal municipal working hours, but would be available and easy to open and operate if required during after-hours operations by the city, province or for joint operations.
The George Municipality Motor Vehicle Testing Station is situated at the end of Hibernia Street, next to the Driver’s Licence Testing Facility (next to George Station). Operating hours are Monday to Friday 8am-3pm.
Enquiries: 044 878 2400, ask to be transferred to testing station.
The fees for roadworthy tests, as gazetted in the Western Cape Provincial Gazette:
Application for certification of roadworthiness (including test) for motorcycles, motor tricycles and motorcycles with side cars R55
Application for certification of roadworthiness (including test) for all motor vehicles and trailers not exceeding 3500kg R135
Application for certification of roadworthiness (including test) for goods vehicles and trailers exceeding 3500kg R165
Application for certification of roadworthiness (including test) for buses R165
Certification of roadworthiness R33
Issue of Form CRW for a motor vehicle not registered in South Africa R33
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From left: George Traffic Chief Donovan Saptoe, Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa, George Executive Mayor Melvin Naik, Protection Services Portfolio Councillor Cecil Noble and Acting Director Protection Services Lee-Anne Meiring cut the ribbon at the reopening of the George Municipality Motor Vehicle Testing Station yesterday. (No picture credit)