POTHOLES are motorists’ nightmare.
After the recent heavy downpours, potholes are almost everywhere and some take way too long be attended to.
There may be light at the end of the tunnel for motorists in Gauteng, after the Department of Roads and Transport launched a new province-wide app (application) as part of Smart Mobility Weekends Programme in Diepsloot on Saturday, 28 May 2022.
The App will allow road users to report poor road conditions and other road maintenance issues that require attention.
Speaking at the launch, Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Road Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo said that the launch of the app is part of the Department's commitment of leveraging new technologies to assist with the monitoring of potholes and other road defects that need urgent attention.
“The people of Gauteng are encouraged to download the app and report road maintenance issues that need attention,” the MEC said.
Once reported, a pothole/road defect appears on the Departmental dashboard where it will be allocated to the maintenance team.
Upon allocation, the app will provide a status update of the pothole ranging from reported, assigned to complete.
The app has a capability allowing it to check and verify whether a reported pothole is on a municipal, provincial or a national (SANRAL) road.
Potholes reported are then referred to responsible road agencies or municipalities for their attention.
Those belonging to the Department will be dealt with by the departmental road maintenance teams.
The launch of the app also serves to build a relationship with motorists/road users to be the eyes and ears of the Department in keeping road infrastructure conditions conducive for a safe and enhanced pleasant driving experience.
“PotholeFixGP” is an easy to use app downloadable from the Google Play Store and will soon be available on Huawei and Apple App stores.
To download the App, kindly click on the below link: