01 Mar 2016 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAR (NAMPA) Driving schools do not equip Namibian drivers with the appropriate driving skills, the Automobile Association (AA) of Namibias General Manager, Hileni David says.
Speaking to Nampa shortly after a media engagement event here on Monday, David said driving schools are not regulated by traffic law enforcement agencies.
What happens is that anyone can start a driving school, but do they have the skills to do that? Driving a car is not just about turning the key. When you get into a car you could also face people who are drunk, intoxicated and stressed, and when you are not a qualified driver that could be a fatal factor, David said.
Car accidents have become a common phenomenon in Namibia. Recently, 15 people died in an accident involving a minibus and truck in northern Namibia. Last Sunday, a separate accident claimed the lives of three young people in Okahandja.
If we do nothing such deaths are predicted to increase with millions by 2020, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Status Report on Road Safety. Robust awareness is needed to generate momentum and a desire for action amongst people, she said.
David stated that it is not enough to just set targets to reduce road deaths.
We believe ambition must be backed by action; political will is highly essential, while sharing knowledge and learning from successes are vital for building sustainable road safety programmes, she said.
David further stated that the AA helps to ensure quality driving training in various categories such as face-to-face and on-the-wheel driving.
AA Namibia is a member of the worldwide International Federation of Automobile Associations, founded in 1904 as a non-profit organisation involving more than 230 national motoring and sporting organisations from more than 135 countries.
David said AA Namibia was previously part of the Automobile Association of South Africa, and became an independent organisation on 13 April 1989. The main objective of the company is to provide motoring amenities and facilities to its members, including vehicle inspections, towing services and international driving permits.