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Road traffic accidents are now the main cause of death in ages between 15 and 29 years in Africa, this number surpasses deaths caused by Malaria.

A safe road transport system requires tailored education and training interventions at every step of one’s life.

Human error is recognised as a major contributory factor to road casualties, and the aim of ACTA is to put driver training and education programmes in place to ensure lifelong learning for road users.

Every traffic participant should be encouraged to undertake in a process of continuous personal development.

The African Context

In many of the ACTA Countries, Driver Training is not regulated correctly, or legislation is not rigorous enough to ensure that learners receive proper and professional driver training instruction/tuition.

There is a great need in Africa to implement and sustain the standard of driving throughout the region, setting an International Standard, for drivers to be recognized as proficient, capable and responsible.

ACTA’s strategy is to focus on the youth (millennials), as they are the key players who are current road users or are “soon to be”. Facilitating “New Road Users” with educated driver training will not only make them safer drivers/road users but in doing so they too will educate their piers and children in the future.

ACTA’s Driver Training role in Africa

ACTA Clubs are committed to improving Driver Training in Africa with the implementation of the ACTA Strategic Driver Training program, and to help learners at every step in the journey to becoming a licensed driver.

AA Kenya Driving School, with 22 Branches, is the oldest in Kenya and was founded in 1962. The school is renowned and respected for its commitment to safe and responsible driving as well as its experienced, competent and disciplined instructors all certified and licensed by the Government of Kenya. Their training is recognised by Government, International Organisations and Corporate Private Sector.

AA Kenya has shared its expertise with other Automobile Clubs in Africa, which has seen the establishment of Driver Training in Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda, and provided the basis of the ACTA Driver Training Strategic Project – “Driver Training in a Box”.

The ACTA Driver Training Strategic program, aims to contribute to road safety by establishing Professional Driving Academies in other African countries, thereby educating not only learner drivers, but driving instructors as well. The programme will assist:

  • Learners to obtain professional instruction at Accredited Driving Schools, allowing them to become proficient drivers, and to be more aware of the road safety implications of being a newly licensed driver.
  • Driving Instructors in becoming properly accredited and to be better informed and more confident in their roles.
  • Driving School entrepreneurs to develop and grow their business through a Franchise Concept that is planned to be launched in 2019.

ACTA Clubs, especially in emerging countries, will also become more proactive and continue to engage with their respective Government bodies to change the legislation in order to provide World Class Driver Training Instruction and equally, qualified well-trained drivers. In doing so, this will contribute to reducing road accidents and deaths on African Roads.