Details of dispute:
The driving School in question is Marco K53 Driving School which is owned by Marco Fourie in the Roodepoort area.
The contact details of the driving school are as follows:
I phoned in on the 18th of December 2018 and asked information regarding the Learner’s License. I told the gentlemen that I bought a book from CNA and asked how we should go about to do his Learner’s. The gentleman told me that I can throw away the book that I bought from CNA as 25% of the questions asked in the Learner’s exam are not even mentioned in the book. I asked him what is provided in the package and he told me the following services are provided in the R850.00 package:
1. Study material, which will be dropped off at my address provided
2. Help to make booking, and also that you will collect him to go and pay the booking made (Pick up and drop off)
3. Also pick up and drop off for the date of the booked Learner’s exam
I asked the gentleman again about the pickup and drop off service as I do not have a car and he reassured me that that is included in the price.
The gentleman requested that I send him a WhatsApp with all the information regarding the applicant which I did shortly after the telephone conversation.
I also paid in the R850.00 on the same day.
On the 19th of December 2018 I still did not receive the training information. I send a WhatsApp and asked when the booklet will be delivered. He informed me that it was already late and that he will get back to me, which he never did.
On the 20th of December 2018 I send a WhatsApp message again and asked when the booklet will be delivered. The gentleman advised that the booklet will be delivered the same day. Then I received a message stating that they could not find my address and I should meet them at Spur. I then phoned him and said that when I spoke to him telephonically, I specifically asked about the drop of and pick up service as I do not have a car. I then said to him that if it can’t be delivered, I want my money back as this is not what was agreed upon. He said that they will deliver the booklet and I said to him that I have another appointment at 2 pm and that they should please deliver before this time, which he said they will.
I left for the my appointment and they delivered the material after the agreed upon time.
I asked them regarding the appointment and I was forwarded a link to book myself. I then asked him if they will pick him up for the test and all of a sudden I had to pay in R200.00 more!
I then confronted the gentleman and said that I have worked through the booklet and the information provided was also in the book I bought from CNA (which is false information provided), I also indicated that the pickup and drop of service was included in the R850.00. He then scolded me that I said he was a “thief” which is absolutely not true – because I was not there to receive the package myself.
He proceed to tell me that I will not get any money reimbursed and that I should rather look for another driving school and blocked me on WhatsApp.
I find this kind of behaviour very unprofessional and I feel that I was given false information when I phoned in to inquire about the driving school.
I would like to be reimbursed the full R850.00 I paid as all the information provided in the training booklet IS in the book I bought. I feel that I was given false and misleading information for the start.
You are welcome to contact me at any time for further information; I can be reached on my cell phone.
See Hellopeter for more complaints about this driving school.
One of my own pupils reported that a friend of his was sitting on the back of a bakkie, like this, on the edge, when they pulled off at about 20 km. He fell off, cracked his skull, broke his nose and suffered brain damage. What a complete lack of understanding to see a driving school doing something like this.
We have been saying it for years. We need a training centre for driving instructors as a matter of great urgency. Every person presently earning a living as a registered driving instructor, or as one of the great majority of about 96% of unregistered “driving instructors” should be given an extensive training course, where the basic law of the country is taught; then every aspect of practical driving including defensive driving. I have been speaking about this for 5 years but we keep being told by the National Department of Transport, Provincial Department of Transport (particularly in Gauteng); by the RTMC and anybody else that there is no money for a training centre, but the law demands in Section 28 C of the NRTA that we take refresher courses at a training centre approved by the Shareholders Committee. The Shareholders Committee consists of the MEC of every Province.
Here is another shocking disgrace:
Can anyone in their right minds put a child at risk like this – it is appalling! – BUT it is a driving school car !!!!
A Facebook message from Wendy Watson on 27th January 2014.
As I was driving home on the N2 this afternoon at about 17:00, I saw this Toyota Tazz CA 243-375, which belongs to “Street Wise Driving School”. I counted 12 Kids & 2 adults – total of 14 people in it! Unbelievable! Please share so we can get the word out about this driving school and I hope the owners get to see this post, no regards for children at all!
Driving school vehicle inside the yellow edge line. This is not the way a well-trained driving instructor should be driving – or training clients to drive.
It is time driving instructors made it their business to know, understand, apply and teach the whole law:
According to the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996:
Left Edge Line Marking:
Indicates to the driver of a vehicle the left edge of the roadway and that, subject to regulation 298A, he or she shall not drive to the left of such marking.
298A. Prohibition on driving on shoulder of public road, except in certain circumstances
(1) Subject to subregulation (2) and regulation 298 (1) (e), no person shall drive a motor vehicle on the shoulder of a public road.(2) Notwithstanding subregulation (1), the driver of a motor vehicle may, during the period between sunrise and sunset, drive such motor vehicle on the shoulder of a public road which is designated for one lane of traffic in each direction—
a) while such motor vehicle is being overtaken by another vehicle; and
(b) if he or she can do so without endangering himself or herself, other traffic, pedestrians or property on such public road
c) if persons and vehicles upon a public road are clearly discernible at a distance of at least 150 metres.
298. Passing of vehicle
(1) Subject to the provisions of subregulation (2) and (4) and regulation 296, the driver of a vehicle intending to pass any other vehicle proceeding in the same direction on a public road shall pass to the right thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive on the left side of the roadway until safely clear of the vehicle so passed: Provided that, in the circumstances as aforesaid, passing on the left of such vehicle shall be permissible if the person driving the passing vehicle can do so with safety to himself or herself and other traffic or property which is or may be on such road and—
(e) he or she is driving in compliance with the directions of a traffic officer or is driving in traffic which is under the general direction of such officer, and in accordance with such direction:
Road Accident Fund – be on the lookout for a claim from Bhiva’s Driving School.
These five guys are cruising for a bruising. There is nothing to keep these men safe as they stand hanging on to this flatbed type of truck.
Any sudden unexpected movement or rough piece of road will send them flying, and smash their teeth on the bars in the case of a harsh brake. Stop pretending to teach driving guys. Start by educating yourselves first before you take money from the public for driving lessons.