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Hardap and //Kharas receive a mobile vehicle testing station

Vehicle owners living in remote areas in the Hardap and //Kharas region will no longer have to travel long distances to fully-fledged Natis fixed centres or stand in longer queues for vehicle testing services. They will now receive it at their doorstep.

This follows the establishment of a mobile vehicle testing station initiated by the Roads Authority (RA).

The testing station was launched on Thursday at the Rehoboth Town Council in the Hardap region.

During the launch, RA chief executive officer Conrad Lutombi said they aim to obtain more testing stations in the future.

“The RA’s intention is to procure four more mobile vehicle testing stations which will be used in various regions, as funds become available,” Lutombi said.

The station will be used by the RA’s Traffic Law Enforcement team during the festive season road safety operations, as well as at trade fairs to test vehicles for roadworthiness and validity.

RA are also planning to procure a truck fully equipped with Natis equipment to serve as a Mobile Registering Authority, providing registration and licensing of vehicles, learner licence testing and renewal of driving licences services.

“… This is also part of our strategy to counter the challenge of funding constraints of setting up a fully-fledged Natis office,” he said.

Works and transport minister John Mutorwa stressed the importance of vehicle testing.

“Testing ensures that vehicles comply with safety regulations, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries on our roads. It also helps to identify potential mechanical issues that might compromise the performance and longevity of the vehicles,” said Mutorwa.