The President of the National Association of Driving Schools (NADS), Kingson Jean, has called on the authorities to implement a demerit system for drivers who disregard traffic laws.
A senior law enforcement official told St Lucia Times that there is a provision for the demerit system on the statute books.
But the official said there is an issue regarding its implementation.
Efforts to contact transport officials for comment were unsuccessful.
The NADS President on the other hand, asserted that as far as he knows there is a demerit system here.
“The only thing is, I don’t know if it could apply to us at present because our computer system is not synchronised,” Jean observed.
He explained that as far as he knows, the computer network that would facilitate the implementation of the system whereby the courts, the police and the department of transport would be linked and notified of the deduction of points, is not in place.
“That computer system has not been linked as yet and that has been so for years – I have no idea why it is taking so long,” Jean told St Lucia Times.
The NADS President expressed the view that the demerit system would serve as a deterrent to dangerous driving.
“If somebody knows that they are just a few points away from losing their licence, I think they will definitely change the style of their driving,” Jean told St Lucia Times.
According to the police, Saint Lucia has so far recorded 25 road fatalities for this year.