What do I need to know about starting the business of a Driving School?

Do you do your homework before entering into a new business? What are the reulations governing that industry and are you well protected against the unique business perils in that industry? We would like to share some info about the business of a driving school!


Can you please assist me with the information on how to open your own driving school?


Thank you for your very important enquiry. It says that you want to do things correctly. Congratulations!

So many people want to teach driving illegally.

You did not say where you are based, so I will refer you to an article I wrote which is on the Arrive Alive website.

How do I become a Driver Instructor?

It is also important to focus on what your target audience would like to know.

The learner driver, when selecting a driver instructor, will need to consider a few things:

a. Does the instructor you are considering going to have an instructor’s certificate?
b. Does the driving school vehicle have a dual control brake?
c. Is it sign-marked?
d. Is the instructor prepared to put the terms and conditions of his or her driving school in writing for you?
e. Is he prepared to offer you a receipt for any money you pay?
f. When the instructor drives do you feel safe? Does he/she obey the law? Is the vehicle clean and roadworthy and in a generally good condition? Is he or she polite and clean and respectful?
g. Is the instructor honest and reliable? Does he or she offer you a copy of the K53 manual?
h. Our organization, called SAIDI, standing for the Southern African Institute of Driving Instructors has a Code of Conduct and this can be read on our website: www.saidi.co.za.
i. Our members have agreed to operate under our Code of Conduct which protects you and them.
j. We invite all dedicated driving instructors who are sick of the corruption in our industry to join our organization.
k. We offer comprehensive excellent instructor training too.

Please contact me if you do need more help. I do offer training workshops in Pretoria for three days on the K53 testing standard.

Two days are theory, and one is practical in the vehicle. Please contact me if you would like to take part.

Best Regards,

Pat Allen

National President: SAIDI

Cell no: 082 683 9292

Tel no: 012 998 3910

Fax no. 086 553 8650

E-mail: pat@saidinational.org

Website: www.saidinational.org

You will also need to have a clear understanding of the Road Traffic Act and the legislation on Learner Drivers.

Learner Drivers and Car Insurance

Do not neglect to get Business Insurance for your business and vehicles used to provide training!!


2 thoughts on “What do I need to know about starting the business of a Driving School?

  • March 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I am seriously intersted in starting my own driving school in my area, since there’s lack of them (driving schools) people go far in oder to get their needs satisfied. i am 26 of age, i got my license in 2010, please respond me, i want to know if i have to get a business letter from Department of Trade and industry… kind regard!!!

  • January 26, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Hi my name is nkhuna angel am from zebediela in limpopo. Am seriously wanna open my own driving school in zebediela and I have registered my company with cipc. My company called kwakwakwa community service ( pty ) ltd

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