Taxi drivers to receive defensive driving lessons

07 Mar 2018 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) – A group of 60 taxi drivers in Windhoek will receive free theoretical defensive driving lessons from the Automobile Association of Namibia (AAN) on 14 and 15 March.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, AAN general manager, Hileni Tjivikua said the course will equip the trainees with skills to anticipate dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or mistakes by other drivers.
Tjivikua added that the defensive driving course is an expensive course that drivers, especially taxi drivers, are reluctant to take and that the owners of taxis also do not encourage. She said the responsibility thus falls back on agencies that work with road safety to make sure that the skills of drivers are up to date.
“We have also learned from statistics that taxi drivers do not cause more accidents, but they cause a lot of near accidents, create a lot of havoc in front of other drivers and frustrate everybody else without even caring.”
Tjivikua questioned how the mentality of taxi drivers can be changed and explained that defensive driving is there to promote patience on the road and enhance skills for drivers to start thinking about themselves and fellow road users.
She urged taxi owners to encourage and send their drivers to the training, saying they would learn a lot and go away with lessons they can use on the roads.
Tjivikua explained that the course also identifies numerous factors that appear as innocent actions, but have the potential to cause accidents.
At the end of the two-day theoretical defensive driving course, the participants will receive certificates.