Driving school instructors awarded with certificates

The KZN Department of Transport is moving with speed in its efforts to get rid of corruption in the driving school industry, produce quality drivers and reduce road crashes. This is effected through the training of registered driving school instructors in the province.

Just recently, nine Ixopo instructors were awarded certificates after finishing their six-day training sessions so that they provide the best training to learner drivers who want to obtain their drivers’ licences.

Traffic Training College Acting Chief Provincial Inspector, Shaun Van Der Byl expressed his gratitude about the training and said that KwaZulu-Natal was the first province to offer such training.

Van Der Byl said that in 2011, former MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu instructed the Department to set up a task team comprising of DoT officials and members of the driving school industry, which was supposed to come up with some form of training for driving school instructors. They then set up material to design a course to run over six days.

“The first three days are for light motor vehicles, one day for heavy motor vehicles and two days for practical sessions. After that, the participants write a theoretical examination for both types of motor vehicles.

“The aim for the course is to close the gap between the examiners for driving licences and driving school instructors to help make the industry function better and produce professional drivers which in turn will assist in reducing road crashes,” said Van Der Byl.

The course does not only cater to the K53 driving part and instead, but there are also modules on how to handle themselves in a proper manner. Another module speaks about fraud and corruption that the Department is presently experiencing within the industry.

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