SA's taxi driver training academy
BLOEMFONTEIN - A taxi-driving academy has been launched by the minibus taxi organisation Santaco with the intention of delivering trained drivers from January 2012.
The first 1000 candidates will be women.
Santaco's president, Jabulani Mthembu, said at the opening event that driving behaviour would be a focus at the academy in Welkom.
"The academy provides the taxi industry not only with a solution to this problem," he said, "but also how we could resolve it through effective management.
"We intend to use the Santaco training academy to help the industry to drastically reduce road carnage. We will embark on a driver registration campaign."
Santaco wants to raise the requirements needed for a professional driver's permit. Drivers would be required to go through specific training regime before being issued with a permit.
The current system requires only an eye test and a check for a criminal record.
Mthembu said the taxi industry was also moving closer to formal employment for drivers.
The academy would begin with 1000 women to be trained as drivers in time for January, 2012. Classes would teach customer care, communication and other related subjects to provide better service.
Pride - 2011-10-25 12:19
In theory a very good idea, I just hope it is put into practice effectively and without any delays, tales of corruption etc etc as we are becoming accustomed to. Good luck guys!
don.odendaal - 2011-10-25 12:21
Taxi academy 1 I see some comedy movies coming soon. They are going to teach the drivers customer care and comunications I think it would be better to start with the owners Ie Register them as businesses and should they be found hiring unlicenced or un trained drivers fine them and if the drivers of these companys transgress any traffic law fine the driver and the owner as well and after being fined a specific no of times remove operating licences and impound vehicles with high charges to get them out of impound. Get Traffic cops out from there hideouts and onto the roads (visible policing) and ticket all violaters of any road traffic violation and that includes pedestrians and cyclists as well. Then you might start to get some results. Just a thought
Jonathan - 2011-10-25 13:00
How about we just start by getting them all licensed??? Think this was just a tender deal again....
Craig - 2011-10-26 12:23
lets see how long it will be till we here about these permits being bought for a couple hundred bucks.