The National Association of Driving Schools (NADS) has called on members of the public to choose only association approved driving schools.
According to NADS, this will help to reduce on the number of people who are short changed by unscrupulous driving instructors.
Association President, Kingson Jean, told St Lucia Times that approved stickers are placed on the windscreens of vehicles belonging to driving instructors who perform in a professional and ethical manner.
“If the association finds that any of our members have been acting in a manner unbecoming of a driving instructor, our sticker will be pulled from that member,” Jean explained.
He disclosed that in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, a number of measures have been implemented to maintain standards among driving instructors.
The measures will come into effect by January 1, 2019, he stated.
They include a provision that all driving schools carry a headboard during the period that persons are being taught to drive.
According to Jean, this was deemed necessary since many instructors get away with traffic and other violations because they cannot be identified by members of the public.
He revealed that other requirements are that all driving school vehicles carry a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.
Jean told St Lucia Times that NADS members are certified first aid responders.
He praised Chief Transport Officer, Lenita Joseph, whom he said deserved most of the credit in connection with the implementation of the new measures.