DVLA’s Tertiary Drive Train Hits UPSA Campus

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To enable tertiary students across the country acquire driver’s license; the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), the agency with the mandate to ensure driving standards, has introduced Tertiary Driver License Project (TDLP) christened ‘Tert Drive’ to issue licenses at the convenience of students on campus.

The project aims at helping students learnt to drive and acquire a valid driving license before they graduate.

The project will provide discount on training by certified driving schools and in-traffic driving test at any DVLA offices near them whilst on campus.

The project is to better serve students on campus as they exit for the job market with driving, in recent times becoming a prerequisite on the job market.

Unveiling the maiden project on the campus of University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Noble Appiah, Chief Executive of DVLA, said the project was developed in response to the growing needs of tertiary students to acquire genuine driver license before the completion of their academic and professional studies.

He said it was the expectation of the Authority that all tertiary students will take advantage of the unique opportunity to acquire a driver license while in college.

According to him, the project is the Authority’s response and contribution to promote safer drivers and road users as part of the broad National Road Safety Strategy III spearheaded by the National Roads Safety Commission as part of the United Nations Development Goals.

He noted that all the processes leading to the acquisition of a driver license such as training, testing, personalization and issuance of licenses will be done on campus.

This means that students will not need to travel to any of the DVLA’s offices across the country to get driver’s license.
He revealed that participating institutions will be required to provide class rooms for the theory aspect of the training and a dedicated place for
practical training.

He said, the ‘Tert Drive’ is convenient, reduces cost, staggers payment, offers genuine license, affordable, adds value to academic and professional qualifications as well as promote positive road user behaviour.

He declared that the Authority will support institutions which will take advantage of the project to establish in- housing training facilities for the training and education of students for the acquisition of driver license.

He revealed that already one major public institution has taken the lead to make it mandatory for all students as part of their education curriculum to acquire a driver license and are develop the portfolio to actualize it.

Elvis Affriyie-Ankrah, former Minister of Youth and Sports and now Minister at the Presidency, took the opportunity to commend the management of
UPSA for the tremendous transformation of the school.

He further commended the DVLA for introducing the project to enable students acquire genuine license and curb the threat posed by ‘Goro Boys’ in the issuance of licenses, particularly to students.

According to him, this project will push out the era of some unscrupulous individuals displaying their mobile phone numbers on the fore walls of campus for the acquisition of driver license.

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