The mushrooming of poor quality driver’s schools across the country is largely contributing to the increase in the number of fatal road accidents, says the Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RTSA).
RTSA executive Director Zindaba Soko said the increased numbers of fatal accidents were partly due to human error caused by lack of quality driving lessons from the schools.
“Most of the driving schools are cutting corners without completing the full curriculum in an effort to speed up the process and because of this they are not producing worthy drivers,” he said.
Mr Soko disclosed that RTSA had closed down two driver’s schools out of seven in the province because they do not meet the required standards.
He said the two schools were unfit to tutor members of the public because they could have passed on wrong applications about traffic rules in their students.
Mr Soko said the schools did not realise that one bad drivers could take a lot of lives in an event of a road traffic accident.
He said the agency would also take it upon itself to investigate how some of the schools obtained their operating licences without meeting the required standards.
Mr Soko said RTSA was making various strides to reduce the rate of road fatalities.
“The closing of substandard schools is just one way of reducing the rates and this is just a small fraction of other efforts that need to be done,” he said.
Mr Soko said the agency will also engage driver’s schools to bridge the gap between the two.
“As a strategy, we are interacting with the various schools to find out what challenges and gaps exist, so that as RTSA we can bridge those gaps to foster a dimension of change in the way drivers behave on the road,” he said.
Mr Soko warned the schools to follow procedure to ensure that the lives of people on the road were protected.