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.
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.
National President: SAIDI
Cell no: 082 683 9292
Tel no: 012 998 3910
Fax no. 086 553 8650
You will also need to have a clear understanding of the Road Traffic Act and the legislation on Learner Drivers.
Do not neglect to get Business Insurance for your business and vehicles used to provide training!!