Cognisant of one of its aims and objectives, namely to ensure road safety and quality drivers on the road and to avoid road crashes and hitches, road safety regulator in Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) and Driving School Associations (DSA) have adopted resolutions towards promotion of quality driver training and ensuring safety on Nigeria roads.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, and representatives of DSAs gave these resolutions at their meeting held on Friday in Abuja, north central, Nigeria.
According to the Corps Public Education Officer, (CPEO) ACM Bisi Kazeem, the associations that attended the meeting included Nigeria Driving School Proprietors Association (NDSPA), Association of Driving Instructors of Nigeria (ADIN) And Driving School Association of Nigeria (DSAN).
The resolutions include:
- 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.
- 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 (2) representatives from each of the three (3) 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.
ACM Kazeem said that according to the agreement reached, Representatives of the Three (3) Associations (NDSPA, ADIN, and DSAN) Should form part of the State Committee for inspection of new driving schools for certification.
The statement said 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 stated.
According to the agreement, DSAs were encouraged to promote articulated of vehicle wings in their various member driving schools.
In the same vein, the statement said that to ensure funding, Driving Schools were encouraged to take advantage of Federal Government SMEs loans stating that the Corps would only increase slot for driving schools that complied with the requirements and guidelines.
Present at the meeting were National President, NDSPA, Bello Rabiu Tunde, National Secretary, NDSPA, Naini Saidu, National President, ADIN, Umar M. Muhammad, National Secretary, ADIN, Akinola Festus Akinyomi.
Also available at the meeting were National President, DSAN, Jide Owatunmishe, National Secretary, DSAN, Ajisegbede Aderemi and on FRSC’s side Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi led the team with Deputy Corps Marshal(DCM)Training, Shehu.
Assistant Corps Marshal Ann Marjah, Corps Legal Adviser and Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, Corps Public Education Officer were also in attendance.