PHILIPSBURG–Member of Parliament (MP) Tamara Leonard (United Democrats) has submitted an amendment to the national decree governing the administration of the driver’s licence exams to allow testers to use either a manual or an automatic vehicle. Only manual vehicles are allowed under the current regulation.
The proposed amendment, sent to Transportation Minister Stuart Johnson for implementation, “aims to make it easier and more affordable for residents to get their driver’s licence,” said Leonard. The trajectory to get this decree amended is much shorter than that of a law that has to be passed in Parliament.
“Persons often have to think twice before getting their licence, when considering the amount of money they have to spend for a licence while knowing they will not be driving a stick-shift vehicle. Added to that is many persons fail the exams multiple times before finally passing. This is an extra unnecessary burden on the people,” Leonard said on Wednesday.
Leonard hopes her initiative will alleviate some financial burden the community faces post-Hurricane Irma and serve as an additional avenue of income for government. “I hope the Ministry receives this initiative with open arms and does the necessary to review, tweak if needed, and approve it as soon as possible.”