DVLA to certify firms to train motorbike riders

The DVLA says the move has become necessary because currently there is no structured system for training and licensing of motor riders

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) will soon begin the process for licensing firms to train motorbike riders in the country.

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday (12 November), Kafui Semevo, Director for Driver Training and Licensing at the DVLA, said: “The motorbikes have been a challenge for some time now, but what we have done is that If you look at the regime for training and licensing of motor riders, it’s not been structured as for that of drivers, we have not had any school registered to train drivers.”

Semevo added, “However, we have started the process to reform the training and testing of riders, so what we are doing currently is going into a sort of partnership to train riding instructors, once they are trained, these schools that have been registered to do driver training and even new ones will be invited to submit application for them to be certified to train riders.”

Touching on vehicle training, Semevor said the DVLA has so far suspended the licenses of two driving schools for non-compliance.

He also added that one firm has been stopped from operating for failing to register with the authority.

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and other bodies have over the years raised concerns about the activities of commercial motorbikes, popularly known as ‘Okada’.

Currently, there are about 350 certified driving schools operating across the 16 regions of the country.

Tune in to the Defensive Driving Series with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority on the Asaase Breakfast Show this and every Thursday, between 7am to 8am, for more education on the operations of the DVLA.

Fred Dzakpata

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