14 Jul 2014 15:51pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUL (NAMPA) The popular Okahandja Namibia Traffic Information Systems (NaTIS) centre will soon be upgraded to accommodate more customers seeking drivers licences and other road permits.
This NaTIS office is used by residents of the town and other towns, especially Windhoek, with many clients starting to queue up as early as 03h00 in the mornings to obtain drivers licences.
The renovation will commence next month, the Roads Authority of Namibia (RA)s board chairperson Hileni Kaifanua announced during the opening ceremony of three bridges between Okahandja and Ovitoto last Friday.
She said the demand for drivers licences and vehicle-testing functions at the Okahandja testing centre has increased tremendously in recent years. Thus, there is a critical need to upgrade it to a fully-fledged testing centre.
Kaifanua said the improvement of the centres facilities will contribute to the promotion of road safety as it will enhance the effectiveness of vehicle and drivers testing, thereby ensuring the quality and fitness of vehicles and drivers who operate on national roads.
The transformation of the centre will also include the construction of driveways within the testing area, the construction of additional parking bays for the public and the extension of a paved platform for vehicle and drivers testing.
RA Manager for Corporate Communications, Hileni Fillemon told Nampa upon enquiry on Monday thnat the upgrade is expected to be completed in approximately 15 months.
The testing centre will not be closed, and work will be scheduled in such a way as to keep the current office open.
In Phase One, a new driving testing area will be constructed on vacant land, and once this phase is completed, the current office will be relocated for renovations to commence, she explained.
The development of the centre is in line with the RAs objective to improve service delivery countrywide.