Cape Town traffic authorities are opening an emergency centre at a football stadium to handle the expected rush of licence applications in April.

Cape Town traffic authorities are opening an emergency centre at a football stadium to handle the expected rush of licence applications in April.

The reported that a temporary licensing centre would be opened at Athlone stadium to accommodate the 125 000 motorists who must concert to the credit-card-style licence before the April 30 deadline.

Western Cape director for roads administration Peter Beets said that the department of transport would check the facility next week to ensure it was adequate.

"It will be the biggest centre to open in the city, with plenty of parking and queueing space," said Beets. "Computers, printers, and eye-testing and fingerprint equipment have been ordered.

"The opening of the Athlone centre will take a huge burden off the staff of conversion centres such as Gallows Hill in Green Point, Hillstar in Ottery, Goodwood, and Durbanville."

Beets said the new equipment would be moved to other traffic centres after the deadline.