RTSA will start shutting down some driving schools

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THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) will start shutting down driving schools that are not adhering to the provisions of the law.

Chief executive officer Zindaba Soko said most driving schools in the country were not operating in accordance with the Road Traffic Act hence producing drivers that were contributing to increased number of fatal accidents.
Mr Soko said this yesterday when he inspected driving schools, which included Belsam, Enac, Tripple C, Umwena and the Zambia School of Driving.
He noted that some driving schools did not have sufficient materials to train would-be drivers hence contributing to fatal accidents that came as a result of human error.
“Ninety per cent of fatal accidents are as a result of human error which come from drivers that are not well trained. We are conducting a countrywide inspection to find out which schools are adhering to the provision of the law.
“We want to identify driving schools that are using substandard materials and offering inadequate training to drivers,” he said.
Mr Soko said RTSA and the Government were concerned with number of fatal accidents that came as a result of human error hence the need for sanity in driving schools.
He said RTSA would not hesitate to revoke operational licenses of schools that were not adhering to the road traffic act provision.
Mr Soko also announced that the Agency was in the process of introducing a new driving syllabus that will meet the current standards in the road sector.