Dep of Police, Roads and Transport: “Four functional testing station and not two”

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THANDI XABA

Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport dispute reports that only two towns have fully functional testing stations able to test the roadworthiness of trucks.

Spokesperson Hillary Mophete says the process of upgrading the testing station in Parys has taken off and the contractor is set to move to the next station to do the same improvements.

"Upgrading at Parys is complete and the station if fully operational. Only the calibration of the trucks needs to be upgraded and testing stations in Parys, Welkom, Ladybrand and Harrismith are fully functional," she says.

Mophete is responding to a report that 60 testing stations in the province are unable to test the roadworthiness of trucks, to which she says this does not mean the stations have shut down and that other services are still offered. According to the department only the technical equiptment that test the trucks roadworthiness need upgrading.

There reportedly over 21 000 registered trucks across the province that need to annually test the state of roadworthiness.