The Executive of the National Association of Driving Schools (NADS) met for talks today with the Transport Minister Guy Joseph.
The “emergency meeting” was called after the association threatened protest action over a number of outstanding matters.
In a statement released after the meeting, NADS described the discussions as “very cordial” and said there was an arrangement made to meet with the Minister on a quarterly basis.
The driving instructors had threatened ‘serious’ protect action, declaring that they were frustrated by the inaction of the authorities in response to a myriad of complaints about issues affecting them.
The Association said it had written three letters to the government, highlighting issues that need to be urgently addressed, but had not received a response.
The Public Relations Officer of the National Association of Driving Schools (NADS), Kingson Jean 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.
NADS also expressed concern that there were not enough examiners to handle the number of students who want to sit the practical driving examinations.
During Monday’s meeting, the driving instructors were “informed that for some reason or the other the letters never go to him (the Minister). One of the reasons being he had no secretary,” Jean stated.
The instructors said they have been promised a new examiner in the coming weeks.
“The Minister said he will look into if a fourth examiner is warranted. If so be the case we will get a fourth examiner this year,” Jean said.
NADS said it was also promised that the special window and clerk to handle all driving school affairs will be reinstated in a few weeks.
In more welcome news, the Association said it was informed that:
- The Ministry of Transport will soon be implementing an online payment system for all transactions at the ministry.
- There will be computerized theory examinations, allowing candidates to receive their results as soon as they have finished the exam.
- The Association’s representative – Mr. Martin Joseph is now a member of the Transport Board.