Testing stations’ renovations to be complete

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REFILWE MEKOA

The Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport say by the end of January next year ninety percent of all renovations at various testing stations across the province will be complete.

According to the department’s T.J Phahlo, most of provincial testing stations had to be closed due to technical aspects. He was answering questions at the provincial legislature’s infrastructure portfolio committee in Bloemfontein. It was stated that some testing stations were not operational because they didn’t comply with basic regulations.

The department said that they are speeding up the renovation process and added renovations at vehicle testing stations around Bethlehem, Parys and Heilbron are complete. Phahlo added that Marquad will have a complete new vehicle testing stations amongst other renovations and predicts that by next week Friday construction will be complete.

Media reports surfaced in October this year that sixty vehicle testing stations across the Free State are currently unable to test the road-worthiness of trucks only two towns have fully functional testing stations for the road-worthiness of trucks.