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A proposed amendment to the National Road Traffic Act could soon put the brake on the process of obtaining a driver’s license in South Africa, slowing it down by a year.

As anyone who has ever been through the nerve-wracking process will be able to attest: obtaining a driver’s license can be stressful and time consuming. Should the proposed amendment to the South African National Road Traffic law come into effect, it will drag the process out even longer.

Under the proposed law, South Africans who have passed the K53 driver’s license test will first be granted a temporary (provisional) license for twelve months before becoming fully-fledged license holders. During that year of probation, they will have to abide by a series of strict rules (including not driving between midnight and 4 am) and not commit any traffic offences.

Learners who do not want to get stuck with a provisional license can turn to Touted to be the largest virtual driving school in South Africa, the company has spent years developing, researching and testing a new technological system designed to provide learner drivers with all the trainers, resources and qualified driving instructors to help them become licensed drivers.

iDRIVE already boasts over 100 verified instructors throughout the Western Cape, Gauteng and, more recently, Limpopo. The site enables learner drivers to quickly and easily find professional driving schools with qualified instructors in their area.

“I am amazed by the thousands of learner drivers using the service every week,” says Rafiq Phillips, founder of “Learner drivers are sending hundreds of SMS and email messages directly to the driving schools. Knowing that we only connect them with qualified driving instructors ensures that the education and training they receive will increase the chances of them passing the first time, alleviating the backlog at testing stations.”

According to Phillips, the system doesn’t just benefit instructors, but the instructors as well. “The system has been designed to scale and cater for any driving instructor anywhere in South Africa. I believe that road safety will be positively impacted by all that use our new and improved system – making the road safer for all South Africans. No matter when or how the legislation changes, we’ll always strive to assist learners in passing their driver’s licenses with the right help they can be sure of.”

A study conducted by World Wide Worx about internet access in South Africa in 2012 reveals that 6,02 million people access the internet on computers, laptops and tablets. By making information accessible online to learner drivers, has also driven traffic to the driving schools.

“In my experience, clients have over the past few years become more e-inclined,” says Ben Grobler, owner of My Driving School and one of the first members of “This includes internet usage, Facebook, smartphone apps, etc. We get a lot of clients from the internet and it escalates every year. has a good visibility on Google, which is to my driving school’s advantage. I receive contacts from on a daily basis.

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