Intelligent number plates for Gauteng

Thursday, March 11, 2010
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - The Intelligent Number Plate project will drastically reduce the risk of car theft in Gauteng, says Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

Briefing the National Press Club in Pretoria, Mokonyane said the project will be introduced later this year.

"This will not only help drive Gauteng towards being a better, smarter province, but it will also help combat crime and improve the regulatory systems in the plate production industry," she said.

Mokonyane said when they start implementing the project; every motorist will be expected to present his or her vehicle to the traffic department with a driver's licence and the documents to prove that they are indeed owners of their vehicles.

"We will never allow motorists who will come to our traffic department with only papers without their vehicles. We will demand to see the car, driver's licence and ownership documents.

"We believe that this is the best intervention, we hope that with this initiative we are no longer going to have more than one vehicle sharing one number plate in our province," she said.

Mokonyane also announced that they will also be taking road safety to schools in the next academic year, adding that they will also introduce mobile computerised learner licensing facilities to the provincial schools.

"Both grade 11 and grade 12 learners will also be able to apply for learners' licences at their schools and this will go a long way in inculcating a culture of responsible driving among our people," she said.

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