Driving Schools’ Indaba held in Bethlehem

Free State MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini. Photo by Katleho Morapela

The Driving Schools’ Indaba will today sit in Bethlehem amid the Transport Month Campaign.

According to the Department of Police, Roads and Transport in the Free State, they are determined to root out fraud and corruption at all its Driver Licensing and Testing Centres (DLTC’s) and also reduce the number of incompetent drivers on the Free State’s roads.

The Driving Schools’ Indaba will take place at the Bethlehem Town Hall. Departmental spokesperson, Hillary Mophethe, say the event is in an effort to promote road safety education through the practical involvement of all roleplayers.

“In line with International Best Practices regulating the Driving School Industry in the country since 2006, the aim of the Indaba is to reduce the effect of poor road usage. These best practices also emphasise multi-sectorial efforts within the private and public sectors to reduce road carnage,” she says.

The department highlighted that the involvement of all stakeholders in the licensing and driving environment will result in an appreciable reduction of road fatalities. The Driving School industry in the province has been identified as a strategic road safety partner, being a major roleplayer introducing new drivers to public roads and contributing to improving driving habits and the road safety environment through proper training of drivers with the necessary competency, skills, and positive attitudes.

The Indaba is expected to engage on:

  • Fraud-free driving schools.
  • Proper regulation of driving schools.
  • Quality learner/driver training that produces competent drivers.

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