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The Petrol Price and Driving Lessons

September 12th, 2013  |  Published in cool stuff

The first thing most learner drivers usually ask the driving schools here is, “What do your driving lessons cost?” Although there are many factors responsible for the cost of driving lessons we think the petrol price has the biggest impact. South Africans were paying 339% less for petrol ten years ago. In August 2004, unleaded fuel on the reef was priced at R4.00 a litre, with diesel at R3.29. Look at how the petrol price has increased over the last 10 years in South Africa in this infographic sponsored by Cars.co.za:

petrol price infographic

What does it cost to fill you car?

One-Day Driving School National Summit

February 24th, 2013  |  Published in business  |  1 Comment

Driving School SummitCall for an Expression of Interest from any driving school owner and/or instructor who wishes to participate in a one-day Driving School Summit to be held in Gauteng on 22 March 2013.

Send the following details to the contact details below:

  • Name of Driving School
  • Name of Owner/Instructor
  • Province/Town
  • Business/Home Telephone No.
  • Cellphone No.
  • E-mail Address
  • Fax No.

Note: It is not necessary to attach any certificates to this form.

All interested persons should complete this form and forward it to the contact persons listed below, by no later than 5 March 2013. An invitation with the venue for the Summit will then be forwarded. Attendance of the Summit is on a first come first serve basis. This is a re-advertisement and interested persons should express their interest again. Only one person per driving school will be accommodated.

Enquiries:

  • Ms Granny Sebake, tel. (012) 999-5243 or e-mail: GrannyS@rtmc.co.za or nds.summit@rtmc.co.za or fax: 086 668 9140
  • Ms Elizabeth van der Merwe, tel. (012) 999-5315 or e-mail: ElizabethV@rtmc.co.za or fax: 086 665 9248
  • Ms Stephinah Segalagala, tel. (012) 999-5317 or e-mail: StephinahS@rtmc.co.za

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Mechanical Competency Course in Cape Town

September 14th, 2012  |  Published in driving tips  |  2 Comments

With the December holidays on our doorstep, Drive More Safely NPO is taking road safety one step further. On a daily basis we urge road users to adhere to the rules of the road, buckle up, not use their cell phone while driving, not to drink and drive, not to speed, etc, but have we thought of the dangers when a vehicle breaks down.

Together with the Automobile Association we are hosting a “Mechanical competency course” to know your vehicle better. This will equip you with the basic knowledge of how a vehicle operates and we believe that through this our road users will understand the dangers when they are on our roads. This course will also help understand how bad driving effects your vehicle. With the high price of fuel, you need to understand your vehicle to get the best performance from it and still be safe and responsible.

Research showed that 30% of road crashes are due to mechanical failure. If we can equip our road users with knowledge, we can save some of the +/- 18000 lives we loose on our roads yearly. The course will cover the following areas:

The course content is:

  1. Engine’s basic’s
  2. Braking system basic’s
  3. Steering system basic’s
  4. Wheels and tyres
  5. Occupant Restraint systems
  6. Basic vehicle maintenance
  7. Pre-trip inspections

Can you really miss this?

Venue: Drive More Safely
63 Chasmay road (Living Way college campus)
Sunnydale
FISH HOEK
Date: 15th September 2012
Time: 9h00 to 15h30
Price: FREE (donation towards the NPO)
A light lunch will be served as well as tea/coffee.

If we are serious about road safety, we need to equip ourselves with all the knowledge and training we can get. Contact Drive More Safely here

Press Release: Fast-track driver’s licence with digital tool

July 8th, 2012  |  Published in driving schools  |  3 Comments

New Technology Helps You Get Your Driver’s Licence Before The Law Changes

Cape Town, South Africa. In proposed amendments to the National Road Traffic Act getting your drivers license, which already is a stressful and time consuming process, will take up to 12 months longer. New technology developed by iDRIVE.co.za now simplifies the process, enabling you to pass your license before the laws change.

idrive.co.za magnet

After years of research and testing the new system is designed to provide learner drivers with all the training, resources and qualified driving instructors required to become a licensed driver.

With over 100 verified instructors, extensively covering the Western Cape, Gauteng and more recently Limpopo, iDRIVE.co.za claims to be the biggest digital driving school in South Africa. “I am amazed by the 1000’s of learner drivers using the service every week,” says Rafiq Phillips, founder of iDRIVE.co.za “Learner drivers are sending hundreds of SMS and email messages directly to the driving schools. Knowing that we only connect them with qualified driving instructors ensures that the education and training they receive will increase the chances of them passing the first time, alleviating the backlog at testing stations.: According to Phillips it doesn’t end there though. “The system has been designed to scale and cater for any driving instructor anywhere in South Africa. I believe that road safety will be positively impacted by all that use our new and improved system – making the road safer for all South Africans. No matter when or how the legislation changes we’ll always strive to assist learners in passing their drivers licenses with the right help they can be sure of.”

According to World Wide Worx’s study about Internet Access in SA 2012, “6,02-million people have access to the internet on computer, laptop and tablet.” This is the audience iDRIVE.co.za has been designed for.

Ben Grobler, owner of My Driving School and one of the first members of iDRIVE.co.za agrees , “ln my experience clients have over the past few years become more e-inclined. This includes internet usage, Facebook, smartphone apps etc. We get a lot of clients from the internet and it escalates every year. iDRIVE.co.za has a good visibility on Google which is to my driving school’s advantage. I receive contacts from iDRIVE.co.za on a daily basis.

Thanks to award-winning technological and entrepreneurial innovation iDRIVE.co.za has helped countless driving instructors to grow their businesses while providing help to thousands of driver’s on South Africa’s roads today.

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Contact
Rafiq Phillips rp@idrive.co.za
founder of iDRIVE.co.za
0723999888

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New South African Driving License Laws Coming

June 28th, 2012  |  Published in driving licenses  |  6 Comments

In proposed amendments to the National Road Traffic Act that were announced in a Government Gazette on 8 June 2012 the following new requirements could come into effect when obtaining your driver’s license in South Africa.

Provisional License

One you pass your K53 test you’ll be granted a temporary (provisional) license which will be valid for one year. You will then get a ‘real’ license if you meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be on probation for a period not exceeding 12 months.
  • You must submit a duly completed provisional driving licence logbook, signed by you and by an authorised officer.
  • Hold a valid provisional driving licence that is not suspended.
  • You must always display a red letter P at the back of the vehicle, and it must be clearly visible – and the colour clearly distinguishable – from a distance of 20 metre behind the vehicle.

Suspension of provisional driving licence

Your Provisional Driving Licence will be suspended for 24 months if, within 12 months of obtaining the licence, you have:

  • committed six traffic offences
  • been found guilty in respect of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, or a drug having a narcotic effect, or with alcohol in your blood or breath
  • exceeded the prescribed speed limit
  • carried more than the permitted number of passengers for which the seating capacity allows
  • operated a motor vehicle between midnight and 4 am
  • not complete the provisional driving licence logbook on all trips undertaken within a minimum driving time of 60 hours

iDRIVE.co.za welcomes any proposed laws that will make roads safer for all South Africans. If you prefer to get your driver’s license before these new proposed laws come into effect now is the time to find a quality driving school to help you through the process. Read more about the proposed laws at the GavinHoole.ws.

Cape Town to help unemployed get licences

June 21st, 2012  |  Published in General News  |  1 Comment

City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town wants unemployed people to be able to drive – and is planning to start a programme to provide free driver’s licence training to the unemployed.

This followed a request from the council’s safety and security portfolio committee that sub-councils pay for unemployed residents to take learner’s and driver’s licence lessons and testing.

Should the council approve the move, the city’s department of social development would appoint a driving school to provide the training and testing of beneficiaries.

The city’s traffic services department would make dates available for learners’ and drivers’ test bookings. The cost of the bookings would be paid by the driving school, which will bill the city for services rendered.

Keith Miller, the city’s sub-councils and ward committees manager, said Sub-council 24 had allocated R150 000 per ward for wards 95, 96, 97 and 98 in the Khayelitsha area.

“As far as can be determined, none of the other subcouncils have allocated funding for this purpose yet,” said Miller.

Continue reading Kwanele Butana‘s article @ IOL Motoring

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Proposed manner of application to be approved as suitable to be able to apply for registration as a driving school

June 20th, 2012  |  Published in driving schools

Originally published in the Government Gazette, 8 June 2012. This is the proposed way driving instructors will need to apply to register as a driving school in South Africa.

114G. Manner of application to be approved as suitable person or body of persons to be able to apply for registration as a driving school.

(1) A person or body of persons desiring to operate a driving school as contemplated in section 28E, shall declare such intention in writing in an affidavit or an affirmation and submit such affidavit or affirmation and the fee as determined by the MEC concerned, to the MEC concerned.

(2) The affidavit or affirmation contemplated In subregulation (1) shall contain-

  • The particulars of every person, or the members or directors of every juristic person in whose name such driving school shall be registered in the event that such application is approved;
  • the exact location of the proposed driving school;
  • the grade of driving school to be operated; and
  • any matters relevant to the consideration of the suitability of such application.

Provided that a driving school operated by an instructor registered in terms of section 288 of the Act, prior to the implementation of this provision, shall comply with the provisions of this regulation 12 months after implementation of this regulation.

What are your views on these proposed new laws?

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Now over 100 Driving Schools to choose from

December 21st, 2010  |  Published in driving schools

Brian Coutts

Brian Coutts

As 2010 comes to a close we at iDRIVE.co.za are happy to announce that, with the addition of Brian Coutts of BJ’s Driving School, there are  now over 100 driving schools throughout Gauteng and the Western Cape to choose from.

Finding Driving Schools in South Africa only takes a few clicks, an SMS or email. We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe trip to your destination and back this festive season.

We at iDRIVE.co.za will continue to provide you with the best driving schools into 2011 and beyond.

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Learners licences validity extended to 24 months

February 23rd, 2010  |  Published in General News

The validity of learner’s licenses has been extended to 24 months.

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele revealed the extension in two notices published in the Government Gazette.

Driving licence testing centres will now also be operational on Saturdays and Sundays.

Ndebele is quoted as saying the measures will contribute towards improving service delivery with regards to driving licenses and will help reduce the application backlog.

The Driving Coach

March 2nd, 2009  |  Published in General News

the-driving-coachThe newest Driving School to join iDRIVE.co.za is, Cape Town based, The Driving Coach.

The Driving Coach has made full use of the driving school profile available to all members of iDRIVE.co.za by adding all their qualified driving instructors to the website that continues to grow.

The team at iDRIVE.co.za would like to officially welcome:

We hope this makes obtaining your learners license and drivers license even easier. If you’d like to advertise your driving school business on the world wide web by plugging your driving instructors into the iDRIVE.co.za system contact us today.