Three-day protest by driving schools against online booking system to start on Friday

Driving school operators say bookings can be made online only once a week and they are struggling to get slots for their customers.

2021-03-03 09:51:00 PM

Driving school operators say bookings can be made online only once a week and they are struggling to get slots for their customers.

Driving school operators say bookings can be made online only once a week and they are struggling to get slots for their customers.

03 March 2021 - 13:16Protesters preventing the public from entering the Sandton DLTC last week. Driving school operators are set to resume their picket protests this Friday, and on Monday and Tuesday.Image:Denis DroppaThe National Driving School Association of SA is urging the public not to visit traffic department offices for three days starting on Friday, when they will be staging protests to demand the scrapping of the online booking system.

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“Since the department of transport is not taking us seriously, we are planning to picket at the [department] and Road Traffic Management Corporation on Friday. On Monday and Tuesday we are closing all the stations. There will be no service for all stations. We are urging the public not to go to any traffic department,” said Abel Mositsa, the association's chairperson.

Some driving school operators staged protests at various driver's licence testing centres (DLTCs) in Gauteng last week. They say the online system has created backlogs, as bookings can be made online only once a week and they are struggling to get slots for their customers. headtopics.com

The association presented a memorandum demanding the scrapping of the booking system to the department on February 15, and says it is awaiting a written response.“We gave them seven days to respond and they did not respond, so now we want to force the department to respond to us in writing. 

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