Permits still a struggle for drivers

2017-12-05 06:00
Members of the Grassy Park and Surrounds Scholar Association at their annual meetingat Kennermeyer Primary School in Grassy Park on Saturday.

Members of the Grassy Park and Surrounds Scholar Association at their annual meetingat Kennermeyer Primary School in Grassy Park on Saturday.

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The Grassy Park and Surrounds Scholar Association hosted its annual meeting at Kennermeyer Primary School in Grassy Park on ­Saturday.

The group, which celebrated its first anniversary in September, aims to deliver the safest transport for schoolchildren in communities across the city and has transported over a thousand learners to date (“A year of getting kids to school”, People’s Post, 5 September).

The meeting was attended by 33 members.

“The meeting was a huge success as members of the association gathered for our annual report. All members accepted the information as we had disclosed everything with them throughout the year. We elected a new assistant secretary and a temporary election chair after the resignation of one of our executive members. We also discussed our budget for next year,” says association secretary Vicky Jones.

Jones says they aim to raise much-needed funds for next year.

“We are a non-profit organisation and funding is what keeps the group going. We would like to give back to the community this time round and decided to host a fundraising event in aid of an organisation in need. The leftover fees that we get towards running cost are saved for emergencies throughout the year.”

She says drivers are still battling to get permits due to the year model of the vehicles they use, with only some vans in possession of permits. Despite a slow process of having the issue sorted appropriately, the drivers continue working under the organisation’s banner.

“We have had new members join since our anniversary celebration and are calling on more members to join. We are doing really well but we are still struggling to get permits. They are all experienced and trained drivers. We are in communication with various officials and hope we will be recognised. We are a scholar association, not a taxi association,” she says.

She calls on other drivers to join them with the aim of forming a stronger support structure.

V For more information on the Grassy Park and Surrounds Scholar Association call Regan Hope on 082 437 6900.

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