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Kouga municipal vehicle testing centre re-opens after devastating flash flood

May 25, 2017
Kouga municipal vehicle testing centre re-opens after devastating flash flood

More than two years after a flash flood shut down operations, the vehicle testing centre at the Kouga Local Municipality is up and running again.

The A-grade roadworthy centre at Humansdorp was re-opened this week by Executive Mayor, Elza van Lingen,and Social Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson.

Mayor Van Lingen said the centre had been standing idle since March 2015 when the equipment was damaged in a flash flood.

"This meant that the public could no longer have their vehicles tested at the municipality but had to go to private centres, which often charged more," she said. "It was a great blow for residents and business alike."

Re-opening the centre was one of the first tasks the new Council set itself after the municipal elections in August last year.

"The municipality had been paid out by the insurance company more than a year prior, so there were funds available to replace the damaged equipment and re-open the centre,” the Mayor said.

“There were, however, administrative delays which were sorted out as a matter of urgency under the guidance of the new Council."

She said the Council was very pleased that it could restore this service to the public.

Bookings for the municipality's vehicle testing centre can be made and paid for at the Kouga Traffic Department in Heugh Street, Humansdorp.

As an A-grade facility, the centre can test vehicles and trailers of all makes and sizes. Tests take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the vehicle.

Image: Vehicle testing centre staffers (from left) Lourens Anker and Patrick Mgobo explain the ins and outs of the facility to Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson and Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen