Driving Instructors plan protest

Driving Instructors plan protest

Driving Instructors in Saint Lucia are planning ‘serious’ protect action, declaring that they are frustrated by the inaction of the authorities in response to a myriad of complaints about issues affecting the instructors.

However, the instructors would not provide details about their planned action.

The Public Relations Officer of the National Association of Driving Schools (NADS), Kingson Jean, told the Times that from the time the current administration came to power the association has written three letters highlighting issues that need to be urgently addressed.

But Jean said there has been no response.

He explained that at one time a special window and a clerk were assigned to driving instructors since the instructors previously used the same window as members of the public, resulting in the instructors being in a line for a long time to conduct their business.

Jean said the special concession has since been discontinued.

He complained that there are not enough examiners.

“Thirty years ago we had three driving examiners for the entire Island but we only had about ten driving schools, now we have 64 driving instructors and we still have three examiners,” Jean told the Times.

He declared that the existing  examiners cannot handle the number of students who want to sit the practical driving examinations.

Jean noted that as a result, during the time that students have to wait to sit the exams their permits and medical certificates expire and have to be renewed.

He explained that a medical examination can cost up to $150.

“This is really an added burden on members of the public,” he told the Times.

Jean pointed out that an examiner brings in no less than $8000 to the ministry per month and are paid a small fraction of the sum, yet successive administrations have not seen it fit to employ an additional two examiners.

The NADS PRO said that an additional cost of $50 was slapped on the first time practical exam but his association made no fuss, thinking that the additional funds would go towards hiring more examiners.

He said the association was informed that the fee had always been on the books, just never implemented.

Jean said after his association met  two weeks ago and decided on protest action, the ministry got wind of the plan prompting a promise to the President of  NADS that the letters of concern written by the association would be presented to cabinet and a response would have been given.

“To date, not a word, not a word, not a word,” the NADS official observed.

Jean declared that the association does not wish to embarrass any administration.

But he warned that members of the public can expect ‘serious’ protest action in the coming days if the concerns of the driving instructors are not addressed in the quickest possible time.

According to Jean, the protest action will affect the whole country.

 

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Sophie
    May 12, 2017 at 3:14 pm Reply

    You guys couldn’t protest five years ago when nothing was done for you’ll but today you’ll want to protest (Expression deleted)

    1. Anonymous
      May 12, 2017 at 5:22 pm Reply

      My sentiments exactly

    2. seious
      May 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm Reply

      Ask Instructor Eugene why he organizing a protest now? Politics will never end. He is using politics to destroy this country. There must be and end on day

  2. Anonymous
    May 12, 2017 at 3:19 pm Reply

    I think this entire driving school thing in saint Lucia needs to be reviewed. They fail you just so you can take the examination over and pay thousands before you can get a license. Plus the period of time one person spends in the driving school. I know persons who complained that they spent over 8 months in driving school herd in st. Lucia. That same individual went to Atlanta and only did two days at a driving school got her license and bought a car. The system in st Lucia is designed to empty your pocket. My opinion.

  3. joknows
    May 12, 2017 at 3:26 pm Reply

    drive good,abid by the rules of the road and the law and you will get your license,failure means another chance to do it over right.

  4. Anonymous
    May 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm Reply

    I know of one particular examiner who have ties with a driving school and fail students for very insignificant reasons just to get students to continue driving lessons and pay the school. There was one incident where that examiner reported told a student that he would give him a pass but he has to continue to do a few more lessons with the particular driving school. The driving school asked the student to just pay him for the lessons instead of doing the actual lessons. That rat needs to be weeded out of the system. The ministry has to weed that type of behaviour out.

    Anonymous

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