The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K Gasana yesterday met with owners and representatives of driving Schools to review the progress made in exploiting e-services particularly Irembo portal and to draw strategies of future exploitation of electronic services.
During the meeting, the Police Chief rooted for enhanced cooperation and partnership in ensuring both police and driving schools offer quality services to the public.
In turn, the head of the association of driving schools in Rwanda, Jean de Dieu Gishoma, said that due to previous irregularities, they decided to form an association to streamline their work.
This, Gishoma said, was meant to ensure and produce highly skilled drivers.
According to Commissioner of Police (CP) George Rumanzi, the Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety (TRS), noted that previous irregularities in driving schools hindered the process of acquiring driver’s license.
These, he said, were streamlined with the introduction of e-government services.
Initially, CP Rumanzi noted, there were many driving schools that had been established targeting precisely collecting revenues from the registration process than teaching road safety standards and driving skills.
“Irembo eliminated intermediaries and bureaucracy which was also a breeding ground for corruption,” CP Rumanzi said.
“At the time, candidates could register only through MTN for Rwf60 per message; candidates could pay between Rwf5, 000 and Rwf35, 000 to driving schools to be put on the list for the tests; other candidates could pay an extra Rwf5, 000 to the driving schools to follow up their licenses...all these were illegal fares,” said CP Rumanzi.
He added that most schools made money from registration-related services other than teaching how to drive.
These irregularities saw the birth of 45 more schools between April 2015 to June 2016 to increase from 79 to124.