Driving permits no longer required for OECS citizens in St. Lucia

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Driving permits no longer required for OECS citizens in St. Lucia


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OECS citizens no longer need a visitor’s driving permit to drive motor vehicles in Saint Lucia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, Honorable Philip J. Pierre emphasized that the new arrangement is in compliance with the OECS Free Movement Regime.

“If someone comes to Saint Lucia from protocol member states of the OECS, they do not need to go to the ministry to purchase a visitors permit; they can use the valid license from their country of origin to drive in Saint Lucia.”

Minister Pierre noted given that an economic citizenship program is in effect, then the exemption will also apply to those citizens.

Citizens of the member states of the OECS Economic Union who travel to St Lucia will be able to drive without a visitor’s driver’s permit once they are in possession of a valid driver’s license with photo identification and the nationality of their respective OECS member state.

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  1. I am hoping the government of St.lucia will come up with something 4 other St.lucian living in other countries do the same or pay 1/2 the fee..different from other visitor..even if we carry a none St.lucia passport.

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  2. Oecs nationals.....because of the free movement when we as St.lucians travel to their country the same applies............it feels like we love to go to people's country and make money but don't like people making in ours.......smh. ....

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  3. It's amazing that this is only now being enforced here in SLU. When I visited Dominica Jan 2014 for business I did the usual...went to the ministry in Dominca to get a permit for driving. Not only was I told that there was no need to pay for a permit once I had a valid license from SLU but the officer allowed me to read the act for myself. Apparently that has been agreed for OECS islands. Why are we now hearing about this here in St Lucia like it's something new!! I think it's a great idea if we are preaching 'one Caribbean Community'

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  4. Shut up mad cow, have u heard any news saying st lucian can drive without permit in other island. I work within the oecs an I have to buy a permit to drive. I agree with free movement but drivers permit is an in come to us. Nothing wrong in charging for it. (St lucia nice)

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    • amen...because i still have to pay for one when im abroad...trust st.lucia...make things easy for the damn foreigners and let st.lucians suffer....

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  5. Why not charge a fee for the permit for a specified period of time?
    Income for the Government!!
    Income for maintenance of roads!!

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  6. When will this apply to citizens of the UK. As is already the case for St. Lucian's visiting the UK

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  7. @Vi its not been going on in other OECS member states. If you go to Grenada, you need to get a driving permit ($100 for 3month permit), if you go to st.vincent and dominica likewise its the same. This is a good policy that I hope other member states will adopt to show how and what OECS Free Movement should be about.

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  8. You'll don't read to understand....what's the importance of a permit? The drivers license is more important....they article said without having to go look for a permit....so no permit but you must have a valid license from the country you are from....

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  9. yall giving d whole world lee-way smh the little rights we have try and preserve it, yall giving it to everybody

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  10. WTF! Only in Lucia as if we don't av enough road accidents here,I wonder if I could go ahead n do the same in the other OECS islands.......REALLY!

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    • The concern should not be about the driving skills of overseas nationals but with St. Lucian nationals, a lot of whom get their licenses without going through the right processes. St. Lucia has more accidents than any other island.

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      • crazy drivers all over the world, why? we don't follow traffic laws and regulations, further we lack courtesy...

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      • Dear Sir Merrick , Embedded in ( Really ! )' s Post are many factors : more drivers that don't know the Road ( more accidents ) ... the Government should enforce a safe and responsible Driving Policy ; Before we Implement this Agreement . Charge anyone who is caught in violation of safe driving Laws - to date every Driver in St Lucia - can Drive as He or She sees Fix - That's Unacceptable . The Problem is ; we are a Country with Laws - and enforcement is Absent .

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    • The Mad Cow says "You people make me sick" with y'all comments. Haven't you been listening or reading the news? OECS nationals no longer need passports, drivers licence, etc across OECS territories. We are one of the last to implement. So WTF to you my friend!!!!

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