A survey conducted by The Chronicle yesterday revealed that driving schools have hiked charges by at least 100 percent citing an increase in the price of fuel among other operational costs.
A learner driver is now expected to pay at least $300 for driving lessons before they can go for a road test. The driving schools increased their charges from an average of $5 to $12 per lesson. Gracious Drivers School owner Mr Edwin Ndlovu said he increased his driving lesson charges from $5 to $10. Said Ndlovu:
This (charges hike) has been necessitated by an increase in fuel prices, motor spare parts and other operational expenses that include rentals as well as salaries for instructors. A learner driver is expected to conduct a mandatory 30 driving lessons. Meaning, the learner driver would be expected to pay $300 to complete their lessons before going for a road test,