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28 October 2022
Taxi Association lauds DCSTM for driver empowerment programme .

The Bophirima Local and Long Distance Taxi Association (BOLLDTA) has commended the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management for the effective implementation of the Advanced Defensive Driving Training which took place in Mahikeng this week.

Nthutang Kgarane who is the association’s Public Relations Officer says the department’s training programme is significant to the creation of a healthy relationship between stakeholders in the transport sector. “The department has opened doors for us to engage as motorists, regulators and others to learn about current trends in the industry and most importantly to empower us as drivers to continue being responsible on the road”, said Kgarane while addressing attendees of the workshop.

The driver empowerment programme is an annual activity which is implemented by the Road Safety Management Directorate together with stakeholders. The training offers taxi operators, bus and truck drivers with much needed education to save their lives and those of others.

“As a department we are guided by the pillars under Decade of Action, which prompt us to promote road safety in different dimensions for the overall purpose of reducing fatalities caused on the road and ultimately saving lives," said the Road Safety Ngaka Modiri Molema District Manager Ms Beauty Lukheleni. Trends, policy and legislation continue to change. For that reason, driver education remains a critical tool to keep track of any changes that affect driver behaviour and performance.

“Distraction while driving caused by using a cellphone has now become a global concern. “It is important that we educate people about the dangers associated with that and encourage driver behaviour that doesn’t involve driving while distracted, fatigued or under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” said Mangi Mazibuko from Dynamic Road Safety (DRS) who conducted the workshop.

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