Driving schools do not want the eNatis to be in force
The Electronic National Traffic Information System (eNatis) aims to reduce long queues and eradicate corruption at Mzansi license testing stations. Driving school operators believe that the alleged technical problems they are facing are having a negative impact on their customers.
Homeowners are desperate to return to the manual system.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula issued a stern warning condemning any unruly behavior. The minister stressed that law enforcement officials will be called. He shared that those who display such behavior would be dealt with harshly, SABC News reports.
Test centers face continued disruption
The report further states that a number of test centers in and around Gauteng are not operational as the ongoing strike has disrupted functionality. A few centers in Johannesburg are however open.
As mentioned above, driving school owners have said they are frustrated that the system is not working. However, the CEO of the Road Transport Management Corporation (RMTC), Makhosini Msibi, criticized these claims that the system is not operational.
Just over two weeks have passed and driving school instructors, operators and owners are maintaining their protests.
License renewals will not be extended as the backlog is being processed
EWN reported that Minister Mbalula also spoke out on the extension of license renewals. Mbalula said he addressed the issue of the licensing machine. Adding that the renewal deadline will not be extended – adding to the frustration of the driving school owner.
“The renewal will not be extended. I urged all motorists to go to the various driver centers and renew their driver’s license because at the end of March we are not going to renew.
Minister Fikile Mbalula
A recent tweet from the Minister revealed that clearing the renewal backlog is well on its way. Mbalula confirmed that 40,113 driving license cards had been produced as of February 25. The current backlog stands at 534,807.