Gauteng government to empower taxi drivers by improving driving skills

Gauteng government to empower taxi drivers by improving driving skills

- The Gauteng transport department has announced it will be providing advanced driving lessons for the region's taxi drivers

-Both driving skills and business skills will be taught to the operators in the region with the aim of empowerment

- The government says that simply having a drivers license didn't mean the skill required is possessed by the driver

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The Gauteng transport department revealed that the region's taxi operators will be sent for advanced driving lessons.

Not only will the move help reduce accidents on the roads, but it will also improve on business skills, MEC Jacob Mamabolo commented:

“Armscor is going to help us with advanced driving skills. We want to empower the taxi industry, particularly the taxi drivers, so they can ... improve not just driving, but also customer relations."

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Speaking to eNCA, Mamabolo said having a license didn't mean a driver was equipped with adequate skills:

“It is important that we empower taxi drivers with advanced and sophisticated methods of driving so that we protect the lives of commuters.”

Briefly.co.za gathered that the project will be rolled from next year, with the government and the taxi industry footing the bill together.

Mamabolo says social skills would also be polished, improving on the operator's social skills:

“The issue of arrogance, attitude and just complete contempt and disrespect of the rights of motorists and commuters, and just the taxi industry’s overall outlook in terms of how they treat people, is a matter we think only education can change.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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