By Gwendoline Mugauri
The Vehicles Inspection Department (VID) has revealed that the pass rate for driver licencing examinations in the country ranges between 21 and 28 percent because at least 75 percent of learner drivers fail to get out of the examining yard for the final road test.
The statistics were revealed following an allegation by most driving school instructors that some VID examiners would work with a maximum number of road test passes per day, a situation that encouraged corruption.
Last week, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo launched a clampdown on VID officials who fuel corruption during issuance of driver’s licenses and gave them a 100 day ultimatum.
Speaking to Capitalk FM News, VID Director Mr Johannes Pedzapasi said the pass rate for driver licensing examinations has been low since 1980.
In response, Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe Managing Director Mr Obio Chinyere reacted to the statistics with shock and called on stakeholders to take immediate action to improve the situation.