Cape Town to train new drivers
BOON FOR THE UNEMPLOYED: Though still in the conceptual stage, the City of Cape Town could provide free driver training for the unemployed in the near future.
Government is said to be considering a number of regulation changes to aid it in its fight for safer roads and better driver safety. Among these changes, government also hopes to regulate driving schools and instructors.
One of the biggest changes would be the implentation of a probation period for new drivers as well as increased road worthy tests for older vehicles.
Wheels24 readers readily shared their opinions on the planned scheme.
HELPING THE UNEMPLOYED
Now a report suggests a new training programme could benefit the unemployed in obtaining a driver's licence.
The City of Cape Town said it is planning to create a training programme for the unemployed.
According to reports, subcouncils may set aside funding while the city would appoint a driving school to provide training and testing of new drivers.
City spokeswoman Kylie Hatton said the project was still in its conceptual stages.
In the last two years, more than 3000 people in the province had already benefited from free learner's licence training courses.
Hatton did not state who the beneficiaries would be and who the service providers were.
Cape will also crackdown on drivers using their cellphone behind the wheel. Drivers who risk talking on their cellphones while driving face having their phones confiscated.