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For what it's worth, when I did my license at centurion(rooihuiskraal) test center, they failed me 3 times.  Which include rolling, while my handbrake is locked...

After which i filed an appeal against the person who tested me.  Two weeks later got phoned with a new date I can come.  
Then got tested by the big chief of their organization, which I passed with flying colors.

It's after all a money making scheme, and the more you retry the more money they make.
 

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Music_Lover said:
Jaco,

Thanks a million. I'm sorry if I was sounding like a raving nut but this whole thing was really starting to get to me.
I understand, I really do. Talking really helps

NoSnipeLimit said:
For what it's worth, when I did my license at centurion(rooihuiskraal) test center, they failed me 3 times.  Which include rolling, while my handbrake is locked...

After which i filed an appeal against the person who tested me.  Two weeks later got phoned with a new date I can come. 
Then got tested by the big chief of their organization, which I passed with flying colors.

It's after all a money making scheme, and the more you retry the more money they make.
We need an ombudsman. Undercover "applicants" that go for testing and then bust the instructors for bribes, letting people through when they shouldn't, not letting people through when they should.
 

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Byrd said:
We need an ombudsman.
Agreed. We really do. It sucks that there is so much pressure to fuel the corruption.

Music_Lover said:
Between Midrand and Randburg which would be the better testing centre to go to? Are there any other alternatives?
How about Krugersdorp? I heard they were quite good a few years back.
I think that out of the way places are better. There are also no queues. I went to Heidelberg testing station last year and there were no queues at all. We were helped instantly.

You can get some phone numbers and addresses here:
http://www.licencebookings.co.za/Gauteng-Licence-Testing-Stations.html
 

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Thanks guys, you have been brilliant. I've really been considering the "out of way places".

Also good to know that I'm not the only one who feels this way about these test centres.

 

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Thanks guys, you have been brilliant. I've really been considering the "out of way places".

Also good to know that I'm not the only one who feels this way about these test centres.
I think it stands to reason that most corruption will be where most of the people are.

I did my driver's in Melmoth, some 200km from home. I had a strict Afrikaans lady as tester and I only just scraped through. But I believe it was a fair and thorough test. And the long trip made it a more memorable experience. There must still be a few testing stations like that around. Sometimes you have to go out of your way to be honest. I think it is worth it when you are trying to raise your kids properly.

I wouldn't be surprised if Melmoth hasn't changed much in 10 years.
If anyone has found a good honest testing station recently, please speak up.  :)
I'd rather spend a few hundred bucks on petrol than give it to criminals.
 

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ive been amazed at the number of good drivers actually failing cos they did not pay up the "required" bribe and also im not surprised by the number of clueless retards who dont even know how to steer a car properly but get their licence to land up "racing" on public roads .... a car is actually a deadly weapon in these peoples hands - they make it more and more difficult for people just using a car as a means to get from place to place B to do do this safely anymore

i wish something was really done about this but the actual bugger up is that the higher up authorities are even more on bigger bribes so they will laugh at you when you officially complain and absolutely nothing is going to be done about it
 

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its been an uphill battle for me and still is. I can make this clear off the bat, colour has nothing to do with it, money has everything to do with it. I have used many a driving school to try get my license the honest way but have been failed on all attempts (my honesty and the driving school's hasn't help me). I have gone to the extent of being very obvious with my observations but that hasn't helped me as i still drive around with my learner license and unfortunately need an escort every time i am in the car, this isn't always possible so i always have a R20 note in the ash tray. i have lost all faith in getting a license through the public system. i am strongly considering buying one, it seems my only choice (cheaper in the long run). I have had to get to work early the whole December and leave late so as to not get caught without an escort as the guy i ride with is is on leave. this arrangement is tiring and i don't think its healthy to work a twelve hour shifts for extended periods of time, i am tired and grumpy. i am on my third learner license and i do plan to get a fourth one.
 

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@simphiwes: I agree that it isn't a colour issue either, as there is a fair mix of all sorts at our local testing grounds and they're all very happy to behave in the same nonchalant manner while people are going out of their minds from frustration. I used to drive alone using a learner license for several years (managed to get away with it a bit easier here in the North), each time getting a new one when it expired so I was pretty well clued up with the K53 system and tests, which is why I was shocked when I was failed the last couple of times for just the learners. This is when I realised something was afoot. I eventually got around to taking a driver's test and ended up failing over and over again for, funny enough, "lack of observation" while I was clearly over observing, enough to see the instructor having a chat on the sidelines paying hardly any attention to me at all. Anyway, long story short, I paid the local driving school R2500 for a week's worth of driving around on their private grounds and voila, passed with a good mark (was told I had to be scored low on something, so they penalised me for "ratcheting" the handbrake!).

As for driving as a learner without an escort, I'm sure you are allowed to drive alone on a motorcycle, aren't you? If this is indeed the case, perhaps consider getting yourself a 250cc and cruise in freedom 8)
 

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Kinda makes me glad I got mine nearly 17 years ago  :D

Abe and F_D are even more lucky, getting a horse and cart license in their day was a doddle  ;D ;D
 

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Sh1tstirrer said:
Kinda makes me glad I got mine nearly 17 years ago  :D

Abe and F_D are even more lucky, getting a horse and cart license in their day was a doddle  ;D ;D

i wish i did too.
 

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johnc said:
I didn't realise you were THAT old.  ;)

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Easy now :D , not THAT old ;D
 

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i got mine in 1987 - yet im pretty  sure that theres guys on the forum who were driving fully licenced when i wasnt even born yet  ;)
 

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:eek: And you still manage to have the title "Jr. Member".
 

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But seriously...
Is there anyone born within the last 100 years who has got their drivers license at an honest testing station at some stage in this millennium???
 

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johnc said:
But seriously...
Is there anyone born within the last 100 years who has got their drivers license at an honest testing station at some stage in this millennium???

Mine was completely honest. Used a driving school - 'He and She', took three lessons and passed first time. and DIDN'T pay an extortionate amount to the driving school. IIRC it was around R80 -R100 per lesson and only had to pay testing fees on the day
 

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Sh1tstirrer said:
Mine was completely honest. Used a driving school - 'He and She', took three lessons and passed first time. and DIDN'T pay an extortionate amount to the driving school. IIRC it was around R80 -R100 per lesson and only had to pay testing fees on the day
Which testing station? Do you think they'll be corrupt these days?
 
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