Government Senator, Imani Duncan-Pryce, is proposing that the system of granting drivers’ licences be re-examined, in particular the process and qualifications required for an applicant to successfully obtain the valid licence.
“There is widespread doubt concerning the integrity of the system by which drivers’ licences are issued in Jamaica,” Senator Duncan-Pryce said on February 24, while tabling a motion in the Upper House.
She argued that too often, licences are issued to persons, who have not done a driving test and to individuals, who are challenged in terms of literacy, many of whom are not efficient at interpreting the road code.
“Licences are also issued to individuals to allow them to drive a much heavier type of motor vehicle than the one they were examined for. This (belief) is continually strengthened by the chaotic driving that is witnessed all too often on our roadways, causing untold discomfort, mayhem and death,” Senator Duncan-Pryce stated.
The motion is to be debated by the Senate at a later date.
By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter