The attainment of the country’s aspirations and ambitions depends on all stakeholders, particularly the private sector, says Divisional Traffic Officer for the southern region, Assistant Commissioner Engemadzo Sechele.
Speaking at the Driving School Mini-Pitso in Jwaneng recently, he said this could be achieved through the provision of a condusive environment for private sector to help improve the economy of the country.
Consequently, he said the Department of Road Transport and Safety (DRTS) has the responsibility to provide all relevant services that could help driving schools to produce high quality drivers.
“As shown in NDP 10, one of the pre-requisites for achieving our vision is through the creation of a condusive environment for the private sector to play its pivotal role of driving the economic development of this country. Policy formation is mandatory to the department and is amongst the priority areas that will facilitate the private sector to grow,” he said.
He said the Driving School Mini-Pitso was part of the ministry’s efforts to engage stakeholders through communication, consultation and collaboration.
He said the engagements were critical in achieving integrated policies that would benefit the public as well as contribute to the Vision 2016 goal of prosperity for all.
The mini-pitso, which was held under the theme: In collaboration with stakeholders for driver prosperity, was a platform for driving school instructors and other stakeholders to participate and benchmark on issues of safety.
“Acceleration implies that DRTS service delivery has been slow over the past years and that calls for all of us to come up with better ways of improving service delivery,” he said.
On their part, driving school instructors underscored the need for consultation and communication so that they could be involved in decision-making. They also decried shortage of examiners which they said delayed the process of testing and issuing licences.
One of the participants, Mr Christopher Phiri said some stations did not have examiners, and that it was an inconvenience for driving school instructors who had to wait long to book tests for their clients.
He said the DRTS should consider engaging a rotational examiner between stations so that they could reduce congestion.
Participants further requested for business training courses, saying since they started operating they have never been trained as businesses.
They said the training would help improve their service delivery.
They also decried the low participation of other instructors at the association’s activities. They suggested that being a member of the Driving School Association should be a pre-requisite for operating a driving school so that other instructors could come forth.
They said this would also help in locating and regulating driving schools.
Source : BOPA