Does the K53 system promote efficient driving?

Motoring anchor Marius Roberts has highlighted what he deems to be inadequacies in the learner-driver, K53 system in South Africa. In a column he says:

For me, this past week has been all about appreciating what it means to drive again, as I had the privilege of giving my 17-year-old niece her first driving lessons. It made me realise how quickly driving becomes a habit — a muscle-memory process we actually don’t give much thought to — and just how inadequate and pointless the K53 driving test is.

Let's rewind: what is the K53 driving system and how long has it been operational in South Africa?

Arrive Alive say that that the term was given to the test based on proposals submitted in the 1980's, with the reworked versions upgraded numerically.Test number K53 was finally accepted as the way to test aspirant drivers. It was ratified into South African law in 1996. The test is said to be a copy of what was done in the UK in the 1980's.

So, would Marius Roberts blame the British for what he believes is a pointless driving system? Maybe. But Roberts certainly had very specific thoughts on what could be improved in the system and he shared those on the John Robbie Show. Click here to listen to the conversation.


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