The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), has launched a student oriented product aimed at assisting tertiary students across the country to acquire ‘Grade B’ driving license whiles in school.
The initiative dubbed: “Tert Drive” (Tertiary Drive), according to the DVLA, would help students meet extra qualification demands for the job market.
It will also help reduce the human traffic at DVLA offices whiles lessening the fraud and the ‘Goro boys’ involvement in driver license issuance.
At the launch of the initiative in Accra yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer of the DVLA, Mr. Noble Appiah, said Tert Drive is one the authority’s response and contribution to promoting safer road use as part of the broad National Road Safety Strategy III.
He explained that “all processes leading to the acquisition of a driver license such as training, testing, personalisation and issuance of licenses will be done on campus. Students will not need to travel to any DVLA office.”
Mr. Appiah said the DVLA would collaborate with its certified training schools and the tertiary institutions, to offer driving training to students at convenient times that would not distort the academic time table of the applicants.
He said the authority would support any institution that would take advantage of the initiative and establish driver training institutions.
Launching the initiative, Mr. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, a Minister of State at the Presidency, applauded the authority for the initiative.
He said government was committed to ensuring safety on the roads, and was ready to support any innovation, which aims at addressing driver and passenger safety in the country.
Mr. Ankrah said road safety needed to be taken seriously, and urged students to embrace the initiative in order to obtain driving licenses before completion of their courses.
The president of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), Mr. Emmanuel Paa Kwesi Adu, commended the DVLA for taking steps to give students driving licenses.
He said life after school had been frustrating, and possessing a driving license before school, could help them acquire driving license which is a requirement for job placements.
Per the project outline, students would receive driving training at discounted cost, on campus training, which includes in-traffic driving test.
By Julius Yao Petetsi & Dina Twumasi