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We are heeding the call to end the carnage on South African roads!
Africa, and South Africa in particular, has one of the highest road crash death rates in the world, as stated in the World Health Organization (WHO) report on road traffic injury prevention.
The rate of deaths attributable to road accidents are measured per 100 000 persons:
• Death rate in South Africa is 27.51 per 100 000 persons, compared to
• Australia 5.71
• Canada 9.2, and
• India 11.1
Each year approximately 14 000 people die on South African roads. This amounts to more than 1000 per month – more than 40 every day!
The economic cost of road accidents is just as devastating. According to the WHO report the economic cost of road accidents for developing countries is 3% of GDP compared to 1% for developed countries. For South Africa that amounts to an estimated R22 billion per annum!
Deaths and injuries from road accidents in South Africa equal deaths and injuries from crime, yet we say we have a crime problem………….
Historical Look at Driving Training in South Africa
Although it is the accepted norm for a learner driver to gain experiences on a public road, it is extremely dangerous. Simulator training has proven to be a very cost effective and safe alternative, but it should also not be the last step in obtaining a license.
Under our current training system:
• There is no proper regulation that is enforceable
• No standard for driver education
• No formal syllabus to be followed
• Corruption at testing stations is rife
• Learning time too short and not compulsory
Government has recognized many of the above challenges in the current system of training drivers and especially young drivers and has as far back as October 2014 published amendments to the NATIONAL ROAD TRAFFIC ACT, 1996 (ACT NO. 93 OF 1996).
Some of the changes are the introduction of a “provisional driver’s license” in Regulation 107 (p29-40 of the Gov. Gazette # 38142 – 31 Oct 2014) and more significant is the mentioning of the use of an “electronic score sheet” and “electronic driver license test surveillance system”.
As recent as June 2016 a tender was awarded and the order placed by the Department of Transport in Limpopo for driver simulators for training purposes.
Are we heading for the introduction of Driver Training Simulators as law? Let’s rather ask, Can Government longer ignore the vast Economic and Social Benefits of introducing simulators as an integral part of training new drivers and changing the behavior of current drivers on SA roads?
Economic and Social Benefits of adopting simulators as a means of training drivers
A driver’s license is the one aspect that really prepares young individuals for the employment market. However many potential learner drivers in South Africa have never sat behind a steering wheel, let alone have any driving experience.
It is essential that these individuals spend time on simulators to gain confidence before they drive on a public road. There is a persistent theory that driver training in South Africa does not favour first time drivers. This is evident in road accident statistics in South Africa and the reluctance of insurance companies (or high cost) to ensure young drivers.
The evidence from a large scale study in the US indicates that the accident rate of novice drivers who have been trained in a driving simulator is reduced with 66%! Especially young learner drivers between 18 and 25 will benefit from learning to drive in a driving simulator.
Lucrative Business Opportunity
Every year there are close to 1,2 million Grade 11 and 12 learners in SA that need to learn to drive and to get a driver’s license. See the growth in just Matric numbers in the past 5 years in the graph hereunder.
This is a very profitable business and the same time will contribute to the overall GDP of the country and also save lives by providing a better trained driver. Sim U Teach provides a service that is essential to the career and economic survival of almost every human being and the demand is growing year by year.
Simulator driver training can and is producing better, safer drivers. When they learn to drive in a driving simulator, their driving behaviour and hazard perception improves, compared to traditional driver training.
Sim U Teach (simulator driver training) has been in operation since 2011. Simulator training is not new; it has been used in the aviation industry for years. After extensive research a suitable car driving simulator was identified that has already been adapted for South African conditions and the K53 driving testing system.
The Simulators used by Sim U Teach are locally manufactured and the software used is exclusively licensed to Sim U Teach for the whole of Africa, Russia and many countries in the East.
Franchises are now available throughout South Africa. A complete “turn-key” business is provided to you and capital payback is possible within 12 to 18 months, based on actual experience.
There are opportunities available for Equity Partners in 10 new Sim U Teach Academies which will be opening in the major metros in South Africa. The investor does to have to take part in the day to day running of the academy. Return on investment is very good.
Should you wish to have more information on the above business opportunities please contact:
Andre Van Der Merwe
Sim U Teach SA PTY LTD
084 649 2597