Companies offering 4×4 training who are associated with the South Africa Institute of Occupational Health and Safety will no longer be accepted in the WTG! Off-road Challenge in Africa.
The off-road driving competency requirements set by corporate companies like Vodacom and others have come under the magnifying glass and What the Gravel!, an online off-road experience magazine have advised its subscribers not to allow any person without a competency certificate in Off-road driving on any of their level 4 or higher rated routes to participate. WTG! is compiling a list of recognised training providers that will ensure 4×4 enthusiasts wanting to drive on Level 4 and 5 routes are receiving proper training.
4×4 Courses offered by non-accredited institutions have proven to be ineffective in proving previous experience and competence in aspects such as vehicle recovery, environmental conservation and first-aid. Destinations with 4×4 routes are encouraged to consult with What the Gravel! before allowing members of the public to drive on their 4×4 routes. Incompetent drivers may sustain severe damage to vehicles and cause injury to persons and this puts 4×4 route operators at great peril.
WTG! plans to launch a register of approved training schools based on the practical aspects of off-road driving competency.