By Kodjo Adams/William Fiabu, GNA
Accra Sept. 30, GNA - The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has introduced a novelty driver license for students dubbed: “Tertiary Driver licensing Project”.
The project also known as ''Tert Drive'' is to grant students the opportunity to train and obtain driver license before completing their programme of study.
Students who enroll on the project would receive a discount on training provided by DVLA approved driving schools and have access to on campus training and in-traffic driving test at any DVLA office close to the student.
To qualify, Ghanaian students must be 18 years and above, physically and mentally fit to drive, provide a national and student ID card and attend all scheduled training sessions.
Non-Ghanaian students must also attain the age of 18 years, physically and mentally fit to drive, provide admission letter, a valid passport and a resident permit.
The processes involves students applying to obtain training, pay an application fee, get biometric data captured, apply and obtain a learner license, take a theory test and pass 70 per cent and take in-traffic driving test, pass 70 per cent and above and collect license on approved date.
Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Minister of State at the Presidency, launching the project, said the initiative was designed after a thorough research of challenges young people go through before acquiring a valid driving license.
He said the system has been made easy and accessible for tertiary students to go through to acquire driving license on campus.
He said the Authority had received criticism over the years for poor customer service and delay in the issuance of the driving licenses to applicants, adding the new system would contribute in improving customer service delivery.
The Minister said the intercity coaches for metro mass limited, road infrastructure projects were clear indications of government commitment towards the road transport system in the country.
He urged the students to take advantage of the opportunity since it is an added asset to their academic and professional qualification.
Mr Noble Appiah, Chief Executive Officer of DVLA, said the system is the Authority’s response and contribution to promote drivers and road users as part of the broad National Road Safety Strategy III spearheaded by the National Road Safety Commission.
Mr Appiah said the system would be delivered in collaboration with tertiary institutions and DVLA certified driving schools and tertiary institutions undertake in house training.