Students are failing because of potholes, say Pietermaritzburg driving school instructors

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Driving schools complain about overgrown grass and potholes and damaged roads in Van Eck Place, Mkondeni and all around the other roads around Pietermaritzburg.
Driving schools complain about overgrown grass and potholes and damaged roads in Van Eck Place, Mkondeni and all around the other roads around Pietermaritzburg.

Driving school instructors are at their wits’ end with potholes and unkempt roads, which they say are contributing towards the increase in failures by their students as they try to pass their driver’s licence tests.

Speaking on behalf of driving instructors on condition he was not named, one instructor told Weekend Witness that students across various driving schools have complained that they have been failed during their tests because they were trying to avoid potholes on the routes.

“It is just such a crazy story. Our students are failing because they are trying to be safe and avoid these potholes.

“There are potholes throughout the city. Nowhere is safe for us to drive and the fact that on the driving test route there are massive potholes is shocking,” said the man.

“We are subjected to rigorous laws over our cars being roadworthy and are forced to renew licences to ensure that our cars are fit to use the roads, but the roads are in fact not car-worthy.”
Driving school instructor

The driving instructor said it was heartbreaking to know that his students were ready to receive their driving licences only to be foiled by potholes.

“These roads are worse than farm roads. We are subjected to rigorous laws over our cars being roadworthy and are forced to renew licences to ensure that our cars are fit to use the roads, but the roads are in fact not car-worthy.

“It is the same old story we are told each time. That the City is in the process of sorting it out but it has been many years now and we have to see this process delivering results,” argued the driving instructor.

The Transport Department failed to reply to queries directed to them regarding the state of the roads and the implications of the state of decay that motorists of Pietermaritzburg are subjected to when using the roads.

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