SANOTA

Code of Conduct

Whereas the goal of the Code of Conduct for the South African National Off-road Trainers Association (SANOTA) members and training providers is to promote a professional on-road and off-road driver education and training industry to ensure the development of well trained and safe defensive off-road drivers, with a clear understanding of their responsibilities towards the preservation of the natural environment in South Africa, and whereas SANOTA wants to ensure the highest standards of integrity within the off-road commercial driver training industry, it is therefore resolved that the following Code of Conduct for off-road commercial driving instructors and training providers is hereby adopted and shall be signed by off-road commercial driving instructors and owners and employees of training providers seeking to promote the highest standards of environmental consciousness, integrity and service delivery within the off-road commercial driver education and training industry.

DUTY TO ACT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW AND IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER

All Trainers below are referred as Commercial Off road Trainers or Training Providers.

  1. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall strive to be knowledgeable about and abide by all National and Provincial laws and regulations, with specific emphasis on the environmental aspects, to ensure that the public receives the best possible off-road driver education and training instruction.
  2. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall ensure that environmental awareness, road safety and the public interest in road safety are integral to all off-road driving instruction.
  3. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall co-operate fully and in good faith with all National, Provincial and Local Government bodies to promote the public interest in regulating the professional off-road driver education and training industry and road safety.
  4. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall ensure that any vehicle used for off-road driver education and training is roadworthy, suitably identified and equipped.
  5. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall insure any vehicle used for off-road driver education and training instruction.
  6. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall conduct his/her business affairs with scrupulous honesty and shall not engage in any act of fraud, corruption, nepotism, maladministration and any other act which constitutes a moral or legal offence.
  7. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall be honest and accountable in dealing with funds received for off-road driver education and training services rendered to off-road driver education learners.
  8. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall report any evidence of environmental vandalism or misconduct, fraud, corruption, nepotism, maladministration and any act which constitutes an offence or which is prejudicial to the public interest to the South African Police Service or any other appropriate government agency.
  9. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall use the appropriate channels to address grievances within the industry and shall promote peaceful means to resolve disputes among off-road driver trainers, training providers, learners and Government.
  10. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall conduct himself or herself in a sober manner and shall not consume alcoholic beverages or any other intoxicating substance when engaging in official duties or using a motor vehicle.
  11. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall not disclose any confidential information received in the course of his or her duties for personal gain.
  12. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall not use his or her position to obtain favours, gifts, or benefits, including sexual favours, in the course of performing his or her duties.
  13. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall charge reasonable rates for his or her services and shall charge only for services reasonably required by off-road driver education and training learners.
  14. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall serve the public interest of effective off-road driver education and training in the performance of his or her duties.
  15. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall be punctual in meeting the needs of off-road driver education learners.
  16. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall encourage initiative, enterprise and constructive competition within the off-road driver training industry by and between off-road driver training providers, ensuring that environmental protection, road safety and the public interest are served by the industry.
  17. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall promote unity within the off-road driver training industry to enhance the reputation and standing of the off-road driver training industry.
  18. Each owner of an off-road driver training organisation and all driver trainers associated with the organisation shall refrain from party political activities in the workplace and in his or her dealings with off-road driver education learners.
Discipline will be addressed according to the SANOTA constitution.

SANOTA is a non-racial Association established in 2007 to represent the interests of the off-road driver training fraternity on the National Off-Road Work group (NOW), in order to place off-road driver training on a coordinated basis and to professionalize and standardize the industry, with particular emphasis on the preservation of the environment in all its forms.
Since the inception, great strides forward have been made, and SANOTA has provided valuable inputs into the strategy for self-regulation of the off-road driver training industry.