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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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Mobile Road Safety

April 7th, 2008  |  Published in safety

Arrive AliveRoad Safety Organisation, Arrive Alive is now available on your mobile phone at www.arrivealive.mobi

This service is being for a month trial period and contains valuable information such as emergency phone numbers, reporting bad driving, accident scene safety information, etc.

At the same time though, they’re looking for feedback and suggestions on what would be the best use of that space For you, the one driving on our South African roads, what information would you like to have on hand on your cell phones.

During the next month they will be trying to improve this new development through input from you and experts across the industry.

Cape Town Road Works for 2010

January 30th, 2008  |  Published in General News

Some bad news for Cape Townians in the short term

Traffic congestion is going to get worse long before it improves as the City of Cape Town launches four major road upgrades before 2010.

The R235-million roadworks on Hospital Bend, set to begin on Monday, are expected to cause serious delays for motorists coming into Cape Town from the southern suburbs.

The project, considered one of the most important of the city’s transport-related undertakings for 2010, is to be funded by the national department of transport, the provincial government and the City of Cape Town. The province has allocated R20m.

The in-bound upgrade is to cost R155m, and the out-bound revamp R63m. The rest of the R235m is to go to project consultants.

Eddie Chinnappen, the city’s executive director of transport, roads and stormwater, said the upgrade would allow drivers to select lanes before they reached Hospital Bend.

For more information the kind of upgrades that you can expect, so you know to avoid those roads, read about it from arrive alive.

Adventure Touring Company looking for drivers

January 28th, 2008  |  Published in jobs

I got a call from an overland adventure touring company earlier today, Nomad Adventure Tours, looking for young, energetic drivers, with a passion for Africa. Does that describe you? Interested? Then read on.

They have 10 tonne trucks which they tour with through Southern and East Africa. Their tours are generally 20 days long and their fleet of vehicles are all 2006 and 2007 Mitsubishi Fuso Model trucks.

Basic duties entail, obviously driving, but also interaction with the clients, basic camp duties like making fire and Braaing etc.

Requirements: They cannot employ anybody younger than 22 or older than 40. The person must have a valid PDP, code 10 license, and a South African Passport.

If you’re interested, or know of anyone who is, please give them a call at fax your CV to them at 021 845 7401 or give them a call at 021 845 7400.

Stressed Out Instructor

January 15th, 2008  |  Published in funny

I was organizing some of the files on my computer and came across this really funny video. :)

The Dissappearing Car Door

January 7th, 2008  |  Published in cool stuff

Wow, this looks pretty neat. Though, I don’t expect it to become mainstream any time soon.

eNaTIS Licence Appointment Booking System

December 19th, 2007  |  Published in General News

At the moment the new system has been trial run at Witbank driving licence testing centre in Mpumalanga. It has so far been successful pilot and in coming months the new eNaTIS licence appointment booking system will be rolled out at other centres in Mpumulanga. Once it is widely adopted the system will benefit members of the public and traffic authorities in all South Africa’s provinces.

This is good news. One small careful step at a time and soon we’ll have a licence booking system that actually works and makes it more difficult and for corruption to arise.

You can read more it at Road Safety & Arrive Alive Blog

The eNaTIS booking system brings numerous advantages:

  • It is integrated with related transactions on the eNaTIS, thus streamlining the learner’s/driving licence process.
  • Since it will be available countrywide, it will be possible to implement uniform processes nationally.
  • It ensures that the available capacity in terms of driving licence testing centres and examiners is utilised optimally, thus going a long way towards alleviating the frustration currently experienced by members of the public.
  • A transparent process is followed in allocating bookings.

… fraud prevention is one of the main features of the system. Corrupt practices will be eliminated in the following ways:

  • The availability of appointments is determined and managed by the eNaTIS. As a result officials at driving licence testing centres (DLTCs) will not be able to give preference to specific applicants by reserving appointment dates or times for them.
  • The system determines the earliest available appointment date and time for an applicant. Unfortunately, in the past a few unscrupulous officials abused their position by accepting bribes to provide bookings to applicants. This will no longer be possible.
  • The booking system calculates the number of available test appointments at any given DLTC based on the capacity of the centre in question. This capacity will be determined and set up by the Inspectorate of Driving Licences, and examiners will be unable to perform more tests than the number allowed.
  • Information about examiners who will be conducting specific tests will not be available to applicants (and vice versa). Only on the day of the test will this information be made available. This will eliminate the abusive practice where certain applicants are tested by specific examiners who have been bribed to pass them.
  • Anonymous applicants will not be able to make block bookings. This will prevent unscrupulous driving schools from bribing officials and ‘hogging’ test slots, even though they may not have applicants to fill those slots.
  • The scheduled test times and dates are visible to the Inspectorate of Driving Licences and the Department of Transport’s Investigations and Forensics Sub-directorate. This will provide additional audit information on examiners and controls on applicants they have tested.
  • It is not be possible to capture test results or the issuing of a licence on the system if a test appointment was not made. In the past applicants were marked as having passed although an application for a test was never made.
  • Diaries of examiners will be fully controlled by DLTC managers/supervisors. The additional management involvement will compel examiners and management to work together, thus improving accountability and also providing a structured work environment.
  • Since the booking system does not allow the replacement of one applicant with another for a specific test, corrupt officials will no longer be able to do so in return for bribes.
  • All booking transactions performed will be audited and available for management reports.

Winners of the 2007 Top African ICT Youth Innovator Award

November 21st, 2007  |  Published in General News

Whohoo! Congrates to Rafiq, and pat myself on the back for iDRIVE.co.za  :) We hope this will helps us to make iDRIVE.co.za better and better.

ForgeAhead’s African ICT Achievers Awards is an annual awards program endorsed by Nepad celebrating Top ICT Achievers in Africa

The African ICT Achievers Programme, has at its core a central theme, one that touches the lives of all Africans, namely to “Make the African Century a Reality”. Since its inception in 1998, the African ICT Achievers Programme has built a strong foundation of recognition and reward for those ICT individuals and organisations who have made a difference to the ICT industry in Africa. They must have proven achievement in business excellence, innovation, entrepreneurship or through having touched the lives of others less fortunate. They must also have proven that their interaction continues to leverage ICTs to make a difference across our continent.

Read more about it here. Thanks.

Guide to teaching deaf people to drive

November 2nd, 2007  |  Published in General News

If you are a driving instructor and perhaps want to teach deaf people to drive, or perhaps are deaf yourself and would like to assist your driving instructor to teach you to drive.

Have a look at this guide I found on the DesktopDriving.com website, under their free downloads section.

Here is their introduction to their booklet.

Do you have a hearing-impared pupil?

Teaching The Deaf To Drive is a practical Teaching aid for driving instructors who need help teaching a deaf pupil to drive.

This booklet has been produced by The Institute of Master Tutors who have kindly given their permission for the booklet to be downloaded from our web site free of charge.

Now you can teach deaf people to drive also, download their guide here.

What to expect on your Driving License Test

November 1st, 2007  |  Published in test

Some of you might be just a little bit nervous about doing your driving license test, I know I was.

And although your driving instructor will be likely to tell you what you are to expect, I thought it would hurt to show you to this page on  the Arrive Alive website that will provide you with the actual driving license test manual that the examiners are expected to know and follow in testing you.

You’ll find when you read the document the instructions are stated in terms of the examiner must do this and the examiner will do that, etc. This is because it is intended for the examiners to learn and memorize, but you can have a look at it too and see what they will, or should, be doing to test you.

Good luck.