SAIDI was represented on the committee formed at the Royal Elephant Lodge on 9th and 10th June 2017 where Director General Hlabisa from NDOT appointed the RTMC and QCTO to go ahead and set a curriculum in place for Driving School Instructors. In addition, SAIDI representatives spent more than 8 weeks working with various interested parties, developing the curriculum.
See the minutes here:
The final draft document:
SAIDI was constituted to set standards in the driving school industry. We will remain closely involved with the development of this curriculum.
SAIDI has extensive plans for every driving instructor in South Africa to be trained to the highest possible standard, comparable to International standards, to suit South African conditions.
We are fully-prepared and geared to “train the trainers” to prepare a large contingent of excellent driving instructors to offer the same training for all codes of vehicles across the board, to meet the need of the whole driving population in the country.
We believe there can be no compromise when it comes to road safety. This is a matter of life and death, when we consider the devastation just one driver can cause. (for example, we refer to the horror crash on N12 on 14th October 2014, when one driver crashed into 49 vehicles, killing 4 people and injuring countless others. This was not a once-off incident. We hear shocking stories of death and injuries and damage done to people’s bodies, property, their vehicles and their finances every single day!)
So we believe the time is over to stop talking about road safety.
SAIDI has workable solutions!
Now it is time to accept our responsibility and to train the Nation’s drivers, to reduce the official road fatality statistics (an official average statistic of 14 000 people a year, which might feasibly actually be as high as 22 000 according to a highly-experienced practising paramedic), and get down to teaching the public new ways of protect themselves from becoming victims of other drivers’ bad driving.
We either train drivers comprehensively, covering defensive and advanced training techniques, or we don’t do it at all.
Our plan includes:
- refresher course for experienced drivers, with insurance benefits;
- upgrading the defensive driving standards of all licenced drivers;
- thorough and comprehensive learner’s licence training directly from the National Road Traffic Act.
- new driver training;
- “finishing off” lessons
- pre-primary school children;
- primary school pupils;
- high school pupils;
- foreigners and immigrants;
- habitual offenders;
- people with disabilities, such as paraplegics and quadriplegics;
- pregnant mothers, mothers with babies and children;
- senior drivers; people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries,
- extensive and comprehensive driving instructor training.
and it provides many unexpected additional benefits to the community as a whole.
Please contact us if you want to be part of the solution!