Saturday, October 19, 2019

Implementation Of Demerit System For Defaulting Drivers Urged

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.

 

 

17 COMMENTS

  1. That would not cause anyone to change the way they drive. Believe you me it would only increase the number of illegal drivers on our streets. That is, those who haven’t obtained a licence and those who have been discredited. I believe what we as a people should call for is enforcement of laws already in existance and swifter justice to the offenders. Think about it, knowing you could be fined or jailed x amount of money or years “almost” instantly would be a greater deterrent to reckless driving than merely being discredited gradually (providing if you’re a malaway like me).

    • @unbelievable >> The demerit system WOULD work – especially where insurance is concerned. The motor insurance companies would also be included in the demerit system. After all, it would not be the police to do the demeriting, but the insurance companies!! Imagine you go to renew your driver’s license, and the computer system denies your payment (for obvious reasons). All the computer systems would be linked: insurance, license (transport division), police … and the links go on. So to be negative about a fool-proof system, just shows your sense of “common sense”.

      • @Armchair Anonymous I’m not saying the system won’t necessarily work nor am I in opposition of it. But we all know given the state of the country that’s not going to happen soon.who has got the balls to do it? Meanwhile, nothing is wrong with my aforementioned proposal. Sorry if my sense isn’t as “common”as yours, I know I’ve got a very rare one. Lol since when does not understanding or agreeing with someone gives one the right to attack their level of reasoning?

  2. We have the worst transport system in history. If the ministry of infrastructure where licenses are paid have been so inefficient for so many decades, we can never have an updated computer system to implement what is being suggested. I hate impossible news items.

    • Too much lawlessness and corruption in every facet of this tiny country. Everyone does whatever the choose without regard to law or others. The police don’t act, the judiciary is a farce, and those politicians have no desire to improve anything. This country needs a fresh start. A tsunami or something to get rid of the rot.

      • If you have any idea what’s good for our beloved country, you should try to reconcile what you are suggesting as a fitting solution to this malaise of wanton carnage on our roads and streets,, with the gravity of the problem. Be careful what you ask for.Unless of course you regard the WHOLE NATION- our people, our infrastructure,our economy, our environment (both built and natural) as rotten to the very core and deserving of such calamity. Not so my presumably well intentioned neighbor. Consider the devastation that a hurricane wrought in our next door neighbor, Dominica. Do you think that in it’s aftermath there will not still be the problem of dangerous driving, with attendant death and destruction. Think again!

      • was with you up until you took that hard left with the whole “tsunami or something” bit.. I agree that sometimes something drastic has to happen to bring about change but suggesting death an destruction (because that’s what your suggestion would bring about) is a little much.

      • Even the almighty with all his power destroyed when humans lost their way. Sodom and Gomorrah, Noah’s flood. Entire nations, enter civilisations. The message in that is sometimes a fresh start is necessary and that is the fastest way to get it.

  3. There is no greater deterrent than a hefty fine coupled with penalty points that would result in suspension and higher insurance premium.

  4. You have to make them pay,that is the only way it will hurt them,you dont give them months to pay,you pay in a week or you go to hotel,plus you loose your license,plus insurance raises your payments.

  5. If you have any idea what’s good for our beloved country, you should try to reconcile what you are suggesting as a fitting solution to this malaise of wanton carnage on our roads and streets,, with the gravity of the problem. Be careful what you ask for.Unless of course you regard the WHOLE NATION- our people, our infrastructure,our economy, our environment (both built and natural) as rotten to the very core and deserving of such calamity. Not so my presumably well intentioned neighbor. Consider the devastation that a hurricane wrought in our next door neighbor, Dominica. Do you think that in it’s aftermath there will not still be the problem of dangerous driving, with attendant death and destruction. Think again!

  6. St. Lucia seems to be setting records in the wrong things- murders, road fatalities, car thefts, etc. No country can legislate behavior but can enact laws to deter people from engaging in deviant and unlawful conduct. Drivers should have little or no excuses for fatal accidents if the roads are in good condition, well marked, proper signage, guardrails in appropriate places and the presence of traffic police. There should be a traffic court to dispense of traffic violations expeditiously. Hefty penalties should be meted out to offenders for causing deaths, injuries or severe damage to properties for speeding or driving without due care and attention. There is a great need for synergy. The police and the court need to work hand in glove. Twenty five road fatalities for a single year is quite unacceptable.

  7. That system definitely not be appropriate for our island, we pay our licence every 3 years, those countries which uses the dermerit system people only pay their licence once not every year or 3 years.I am sure that the transport board and by large the government depends on that collection,and also the dermit system would only cripple the police who’s presence is already lacking.

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