Illegal driving schools risk closure

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THE TRAFFIC Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) has embarked on a blitz to shut down unregistered driving schools in the country, as it moves to implement its 2015 theme of eradicating human error in all road traffic collisions.

PATIENCE RATAMBWA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Under the programme, TSCZ has collaborated with the Zimbabwe Republic Police to conduct an operation named “Operation Takuona”, where instructors operating under unregistered driving schools will be clamped down and prosecuted.

TSCZ managing director Obio Chinoda called for driving schools to register with the council.

“Driving school owners should get the correct and legal papers to operate their businesses to avoid closure and those found on the wrong side of the law will be handed over to the police to be dealt with,” he said.

“There are laws that we operate under that have many procedures like testing if their instructors are qualified, checking if the car has a certificate of fitness, and a lot more and one cannot operate a driving school without going under these,” he said.

“We have no option but to take legal action against unregistered schools because we are trying to reduce carnage on our roads.”

Car owners, the TSCZ said, have in the past resorted to opening up driving schools to generate income, as a number are unemployed.

They were said to offer driving lessons at cheaper rates and then transfer learner drivers to registered driving schools for road tests at the Vehicle Inspection Department after completion of lessons.