BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed the intent of the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works to increase motor vehicle licence fees by an average of 6 percent.
Already, a draft regulation for public comment has been published in the provincial government gazette.
Commenting, the spokesperson for the Provincial Transport, MEC Siphesihle Dube said:
“We are not required by law to publish them for public comment but we have done so because in excess of 1.7 million vehicle owners in the Western Cape must have an opportunity to submit comments on it.”
As learnt, motor vehicle owners can submit their comments at the department’s offices.
Meanwhile, BuzzSouthAfrica also gathered that about R20 million will be spent on three projects designed to address Gauteng’s public transport challenges.
The projects which will be carried out by Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are expected to be completed in 10 months.
According to the CSIR Manager for Transport System and Operations, the projects include the accurate mapping of minibus taxi routes.
“The lack of accurate taxi route networks has been the source of serious and violent conflicts in the minibus taxi industry. The minibus taxi network also represents a very large asset base that has not been quantified, which this process will help address,” stated Dr Mathetha Mokonyama.
The second project aims at developing a master plan for the improved roll-out of a new-look integrated transport services centres that will house public services.
The services range from driver licensing and training centres to vehicle testing centres and transport operating license administrative bodies.
It’s anticipated that the master plan would provide improved processes and facilitates the maximum adoption of online transactions.
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The third project based on scientific research, will create the transport ‘norms and standards book’ for the province. It is believed that, that would help communities in the province hold government accountable for transport service delivery.