Unscrupulous traffic officials will have no room for corruption with the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) developing an online system to make applying for a driving licences easier and ensure the process is not manipulated.
“The new system will give power to prospective learner licence and driving licence applicants to determine the date, time and place where they wish to take their tests by logging on an online application and finalise pre-bookings in five to 10 minutes. The system will also be available to those wishing to renew their driving licence cards,” said RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane.
The current process requires applicants to queue for between 140-180 minutes at a testing station.
“This process is also fraught with corruption as officials at the licensing centres have an incentive to withhold available bookings for lucrative payments from willing applicants.”
The online system, expected to be launched later this month, will benefit the public by promoting efficient service delivery, removing barriers to access, eliminating fraud and corruption and optimising business operations.
“It is also going to save time and money used by applicants to travel to various licensing centres to secure bookings. The solution will also allow licensing centre managers to better prepare for volumes of expected applicants and allocate resources accordingly.”
The system will first be available to people making their applications in Gauteng before it is gradually expanded to other parts of the country.
How you can help fight corruption
A number of hotlines and helplines have been created by government to ensure that you can pass on information without having to reveal your identity.
Corruption is a crime and can be reported to the police. You can pass on any information you may have without having to give your name or personal details. If the information helps in the positive investigation of a criminal case, you may be entitled to a reward. Call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10 111.
Anonymous tip-offs on criminal activities can also be sent to Crime Line. You can send an SMS containing information to 32211 at a cost of R1 per SMS.
In addition to the above numbers, you can also call government’s National Anti-Corruption Hotline to report corrupt activities you are aware of without giving your name. The number is 0800 701 701.
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