Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs), have blamed driving schools for increasing road crashes as officers called for new training curriculum and establishment of advance driving institute.
According to a communique made available to newsmen at the recent conference held in Abuja, signed by its National chairman, Sir Bepeh Paul and National Secretary, Durojaye Babawale, respectively, stated the country lacks standard training institute to certify drivers and driving school instructors.
Communique read: “All states of the federation should establish structures to regulate and standardise driving schools and drivers’ education.
“All states of the federation should establish model drivers’ institute to certify professional drivers/riders and driving school instructors.
“Urgent steps should be taken to review training methodology and content of drivers’ training curriculum.
“All states of the federation and the FCT should invest in information technology infrastructure towards automating theoretical drivers’ testing procedure (Computer Based Test) and establish system handshake with tripartite arrangement (VIO, BIR and FRSC) platform for seamless transfer of qualified applicants for biometric capturing. This will eliminate the present manual approval method and improve drivers’ license integrity.
“All states should adopt the use of technology to encourage harmonization of data among states to enhance joint enforcement to improve safety and compliance, reduce job related hazards, remove human sentiments and enhance revenue generation.
“All states should commence certification of riders and issuance of Riders Certification Cards with immediate effect to stem the rise of insecurity and safety issues associated with motorcycle and tricycle operations.”
While calling for all road traffic units and divisions to be upgraded to departments or full fledged agency the conference also asked for improved manpower development and funding.