ALL KZN driving schools are advised to attend the launch of a new regulation stipulating that instructors have to undergo the same training as examiners.
Mphakamseni Mthethwa, Director of Empangeni-based Mthethwa’s Driving School and Department of Transport (DOT) task team member, said the amended bill is aimed at alleviating the high rate of road accidents in the province.
‘Following a spate of deliberations and workshops with the provincial driving school sector and subsequent engagements with legal teams and DOT, a task team has compiled a comprehensive Driving School Regulatory Framework for KZN,’ he said.
The National Road Traffic Amendment Bill implemented this year aims to have all driving school owners and instructors undergo the exact same training as DOT examiners in the hope of regulating the industry and to prohibit the operation of unregistered and ungraded driving schools and instructors.
‘There are one million accidents per year, 114 every hour and every 37 minutes someone dies on our roads. The average duration of an accident is 2.7 seconds, but the aftermath of that is lifelong,’ said Road Accident Fund CEO Dr Eugene Watson.