The Ministry of Transport is continuing to take the necessary steps to ensure greater public safety on the islands roads by implementing driving tests for citizens above 65 years old.
The issue has stimulated much debate and controversy among some members of the society.
In clarifying the matter, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, Sailas Wilson, explained that driving tests for senior citizens is in accordance with the country`s laws.
“Given the need for the Ministry of Transport to enforce the provisions of existing legislations, which co-incidentally have been on our law books for decades, now the ministry has taken the decision to enforce the legislation. The main aim is to ensure greater public safety and concern for all road users and motorists,” Wilson explained.
The driving test for citizens above the age of 65 costs $50 and these drivers must schedule a booking with the Ministry of Transport.
The executive assistant said testing on dual pedals for senior citizens is not a requirement of the law.
“Well we are aware that there has been some agitation by some senior citizens to the provisions, but the ministry is obligated to do what is required by the law, and we hope that we shall get full compliance and support from senior citizens in ensuring that we do what is required by the law,” Wilson said.
Driving tests for senior citizens is legislated by the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act of December 31, 2006.
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