State of roads at VID appalling

HARARE - Driving school owners in Harare have complained about the poor state of roads in which they train drivers, starting right from the Vehicle Inspection Department in Eastlea.

Over 100 driving schools who conduct their lessons at the Eastlea depot are concerned that the potholed roads and dilapidated pavements inside the depot impact on the performance of their students.

They also complained that pavements are so dusty that visibility is reduced to almost zero, which affects learners, especially when they navigate the drums.

Eddie Parafini, a class 2 driving instructor and director of Dynamic Driving School yesterday told the Daily News that his school had already begun teaching prospective drivers on how to drive in bad roads.

Parafini said the state of the roads also impacts negatively on the durability of their vehicles  which affects their operations.

“We are operating in a difficult environment here, as you can see, even the pavement is now bumpy,” said Parafini.

“Learners endure a difficult learning process especially when we teach them to control the car’s movement.”

Rumbidzai Mutauri, the managing director of Blissful Driving School, said the situation was particularly worse at this time of the year when the potholes are filled with water and visibility is reduced.

Mutauri said learners who wish to drive heavy vehicles were finding it difficult to navigate the road from the VID gate.

“As instructors, we have to adapt to the situation and we have included that bit (driving in pot-holed roads) in our curriculum,” said Mutauri.

“Of concern to us as owners of driving schools is the fact that council requires us to buy rank discs which go for $50 for small vehicles and $100 for heavy ones yet they are doing nothing to ensure that our operating environment is conducive for effective learning.

“Notwithstanding that, however, we are still required to pay $1 per hour for parking in the Central Business District which we feel is unfair,” said Mutauri.

Efforts to get a comment from Harare City Council town clerk Tendai Mahachi were fruitless as his phone went unanswered.

A senior official from the VID who spoke on condition of anonymity blamed the situation on shortage of funding which he said had even stalled the completion of the Chitungwiza depot whose construction started five years ago.

He said government was not providing adequate funding to VID to enable it to construct all weather pavements.

Comments (1)

The government must see to it that the money being paid is put into good use, because there is a lot of graft going on in these instituitions without being noticed. Just imagine all the driving schools paying the required monies, VID is a small area to be resurfaced, the city fathers should rethink about this issue, as a matter of urgency.

joel manyore - 28 February 2014

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