09 Jun 2013 09:00
REHOBOTH, 09 JUN (NAMPA) - The Roads Authority (RA) has upgraded its Namibia Traffic Information System (NaTIS) infrastructure at Rehoboth in order to serve its customers more effectively.
The NaTIS centre, which now includes a driver testing centre, is situated at the Rehoboth Town Council premises and was built over a period of four months at a cost of N.dollars 2 million.
Officially opening the centre here on Friday, Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina said the centre will bring services closer to the people of the town and the entire Hardap Region.
?It is my belief that the establishment of this centre will significantly contribute to the improvement of road safety because of the skills tests for drivers that will be performed in Rehoboth in addition to the existing NaTIS functions,? he said.
The minister said other services to be provided at the centre include vehicle registration, vehicle licence renewals, driver licence renewals, learners? licence testing as well as drivers? licence testing.
Nghimtina noted that in the past, the centre only provided over-the-counter services such as vehicle registrations and the renewal of vehicle licences.
He said the establishment of the centre will contribute to the improvement of customer service as it means the pressure on the Windhoek and Mariental testing centres will be reduced.
The minister added that the Windhoek vehicle and testing centre currently serves more than 50 per cent of the entire vehicle and driver population countrywide and it has become too small to cater for the ever-growing demand.
He then mentioned that the RA has secured land in the Khomasdal/Otjomuise area in the capital for the construction of another centre for which planning is already underway.
Nghimtina urged NaTIS officials to ensure that they conduct vehicle and driver tests of a high standard so that only vehicles which are fit to be operated on the national roads and drivers who are competent are authorised to use the public roads.
?I call upon road users to ensure that their vehicles are duly certified as roadworthy and that drivers obtained their licences in a legal manner,? he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, Rehoboth Mayor Eva Maasdorp welcomed the opening of the centre, saying the facility was one of the infrastructures needed by the town's residents.
?The provision of this facility will create employment for residents of our town and I believe this is one of the significant developments at Rehoboth Town,? Maasdorp said.
She urged residents to make use of the centre to obtain their licences legally.