The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Driving School Associations (DSAs) have adopted resolutions towards promotion of quality driver training and ensuring safety on Nigerian roads.
The Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, and representatives of DSAs gave these resolutions at a meeting held on Friday in Abuja.
According to the Corps Public Education Officer, (CPEO), Mr Bisi Kazeem, the associations that attended the meeting included the Nigerian Driving School Proprietors Association (NDSPA), Association of Driving Instructors of Nigeria (ADIN), and Driving School Association of Nigeria (DSAN).
“The three associations were encouraged to close ranks by working as a team to forge a common front for the development of quality driver training and safety on the roads,” he said in a statement.
“Interested Driving Schools shall put in place appropriate machinery for the training of motorcycle and tricycle riders.
“Driving schools to be re-categorized based on their capacity for training of applicants for driver’s licence including class ‘A’ drivers licence.
“Only driving schools that have the capacity to train motorcycle and tricycle riders and have been re-categorized as such shall be allowed to train and issue certificate to applicant for class ‘A’ drivers licence.”
The statement said that a technical committee to be chaired by the DCM Training with two representatives from each of the three associations shall be set up to meet to review the standards and criteria for driving school operations and allied matters with report to be submitted.
It stated that according to the agreement reached, representatives of the three associations (NDSPA, ADIN, and DSAN) shall form part of the State Committee for inspection of new driving schools for certification.
The statement disclosed that the payment for generation of certificate shall be five hundred naira (N500) only for motor vehicles and two hundred naira (N200) only for motorcycles and tricycles adding that the fee payable for renewal of instructor’s certificate shall be determined by the technical committee.
“A Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) unit shall be set up by the three associations in each state and FCT to monitor activities while the Corps shall carry out periodic audits to ensure that the activities of Driving Schools conform with set standards and legal requirements,” it said.
According to the agreement, DSAs are encouraged to promote articulated vehicle wings in their various member driving schools.
In the same vein, the statement said that to ensure funding, driving schools are encouraged to take advantage of Federal Government SMEs loans, stating that the corps will only increase slot for driving schools that comply with the requirements and guidelines.
Present at the meeting were National President, NDSPA, Mr Bello Rabiu Tunde; National Secretary, NDSPA, Mr Naini Saidu; National President, ADIN, Mr Umar M. Muhammad; National Secretary, ADIN, Mr Akinola Festus Akinyomi; National President, DSAN, Mr Jide Owatunmishe; National Secretary, DSAN, and Mr Ajisegbede Aderemi.
On the FRSC’s side, Dr. Oyeyemi led the team with Deputy Corps Marshal, Training, DCM Shehu; Assistant Corps Marshal, Ann Marjah; Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, also in attendance.