Sunday, August 7, 2022

DRTS shakes up licencing system

Driving school instructors have hailed the new development by the Department of Road Transport and Safety (DRTS) that aims to hasten the process of obtaining a driver’s licence. Waking up in the wee hours of the morning to beat long queues and then waiting three months for a test , it seems, will soon be a thing of the past.

“In its endeavour to promote better service delivery, the Department of Road Transport and Safety will from November 4th 2013, introduce a ‘next day’ service delivery for theory and practical tests,” said a statement from the department. Rrabonwapitse Rrabonwapitse , a driving instructor hailed the changes saying they are a step in the right direction. “We are happy because our students have long complained about delays in the system,” he says.

“Now when a student is ready for testing they can book and finish testing the very next day.” He says this will also bring progress in their business as they will not have to stick with the same customers for longer than necessary. Another instructor, Obakeng Marapo shared Rrabonwapitse’s excitement. “As an instructor I can also prove myself by the number of graduates I produce in a short span of time.”

He says this new development will also come a long way in as far as convenience for students is concerned. “Before, people would have to go back home for months and wait for testing,” Marapo says … “By the time they finally went for testing they would have forgotten what they had learnt.” He said this will also reduce the number of expirations of the stages already passed. “Nobody will complain about expiring theory certificates anymore,” he says. DRTS says with this new development they hope to reduce the backlog and enhance turnaround time.


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