Driving schools pledge support to e-services

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K Gasana yesterday met with owners and representatives of driving Schools to review the progress made in exploiting e-services particularly Irembo portal and to draw strategies of future exploitation of electronic services.

During the meeting, the Police Chief rooted for enhanced cooperation and partnership in ensuring both police and driving schools offer quality services to the public.

In turn, the head of the association of driving schools in Rwanda, Jean de Dieu Gishoma, said that due to previous irregularities, they decided to form an association to streamline their work.

This, Gishoma said, was meant to ensure and produce highly skilled drivers.

According to Commissioner of Police (CP) George Rumanzi, the Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety (TRS), noted that previous irregularities in driving schools hindered the process of acquiring driver’s license.

These, he said, were streamlined with the introduction of e-government services.

Initially, CP Rumanzi noted, there were many driving schools that had been established targeting precisely collecting revenues from the registration process than teaching road safety standards and driving skills.

“Irembo eliminated intermediaries and bureaucracy which was also a breeding ground for corruption,” CP Rumanzi said.

“At the time, candidates could register only through MTN for Rwf60 per message; candidates could pay between Rwf5, 000 and Rwf35, 000 to driving schools to be put on the list for the tests; other candidates could pay an extra Rwf5, 000 to the driving schools to follow up their licenses…all these were illegal fares,” said CP Rumanzi.

 He added that most schools made money from registration-related services other than teaching how to drive.

These irregularities saw the birth of 45 more schools between April 2015 to June 2016 to increase from 79 to124.

No new school since Irembo took over the registration services from driving schools. Under Irembo, the online registration is free, fast, transparent and is strictly done individually.

“Applicants get precise online feedback on time; we have also established a help desk that is jointly manned by TRS and RwandaOnline to handle complaints and provide information,” CP Rumanzi added.

With the new partnership both RNP and Driving Schools, parties agreed on enhancing their relations and ensure the driver’s license seekers acquire quality services.

Speed governors 

While speaking at a press conference held at the RNP General Headquarters, shortly after, CP Rumanzi, also reminded public transporters that they are currently enforcing the law on speed governors and advised them to install the gadgets to prevent penalties.

At the press conference, he was flanked by RNP spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege and officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency (RURA),

The decision is part of enforcing the February 2015 Presidential Order relating to installation of speed governors into public service vehicles and other commercial vehicles.

According to RURA, the cost of a gadget and its installation vary between Rwf 200,000 and Rwf 300,000 depending on the vehicle.

Only 640 vehicles have installed speed governors, according to RURA.

Changes in MIC services

Meanwhile, the traffic chief noted that the recent inauguration of two new lanes at Remera Motor Vehicle Inspection Centre (MIC) in Gasabo District that have revolutionarised the services.

“On average, the centre was testing between 400 and 500 vehicles a day. A vehicle could wait in the queue for 90 minutes. With the introduction of these two new lanes, daily inspection capacity increased to 600 vehicles per day, while the maximum time one will spend in queue will reduced by almost a half  to 40 minutes.

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