By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has announced plans to implement a certification programme for all driving schools and instructors operating in the British Virgin Islands.
Commissioner of the DMV Kye Rymer told BVI News the programme entails a training process for all parties.
He said the programme is being implemented because safety on the territory’s roads is paramount to his department.
“Certification is necessary because you want all the officers to be on the same page and not using the opportunity to make money but to teach in the right way.”
Currently, to operate a driving school in the territory, persons are only required to have a trade license, insurance coverage, and a ‘discussion’ with the DMV on what is expected, Rymer explained.
Mandatory hours for learners
Rymer further said students learning to drive would soon be required to complete a certain number of hours before receiving a driver’s license.
“They need to practice enough,” he reasoned.
Presently, the level of readiness per student lies solely on the discretion of the instructor and inspectors.
While he was unable to provide a timeline when his department will roll out the new programme, Rymer said discussions are well underway in that regard.
“It’s just a matter of bringing it to fruition,” he noted.