Monday 1 June, 2020

Let's Talk: Should functional illiterates be allowed to drive?

The government through the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is looking to relax the examination test used to issue a driver's licence. This would make it easier for functional illiterate Jamaicans to gain the permit to operate a motor vehicle on the nation's roads.

According to a recent media report, the Island Traffic Authority will be working with Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) to modify the written examination, which will now test illiteracy at a basic level.

This is expected to formalise the functional illiterate into the system, as currently they are excluded from obtaining a driver's licence based on the guidelines. Many functional illiterates, however, are still able to acquire the driver's licence by fraudulent means.

Loop News visited Terra Nova Hotel and the University of the West Indies in St Andrew to get the views of Jamaicans whether functional illiterate persons should be given driver's licences. Watch the video below.

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