With a backlog of approximately 150 requests from motorists seeking to upgrade their driver’s licences to heavy-duty licenses, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be seeking additional resources to facilitate a much faster processing time of all applications.
This is according to Transportation Minister Kye Rymer who was responding to concerns raised by a local employer who said she had been forced to deny a number of residents jobs because they did not have the appropriate driver’s license class.
She said: “I’m in the heavy equipment business and I have a lot of problems with persons coming to try to get jobs and don’t have the proper driving status and they can’t upgrade.”
“They’re driving these big trucks for years with an F-Class. You need a C-Class or a D Class and some of them need an A-Class, and they can’t upgrade because the DMV is not in the position to do so at the moment,” she explained.
Plead with Minister
She also urged Minister Rymer to make the necessary arrangements to ensure truck drivers, who are desperately in need of class upgrades, can get them at the DMV.
“Just like how provisions are being made for the biking association, on the behalf of the heavy equipment association I am here pleading with you Honourable Rymer to make provisions for that industry, so that we can better assist more persons who come and look for jobs,” she stated.
“Under my insurance, I cannot hire them because I would now be in breach, and if something happens, I would be held liable,” she explained.
More resources to come to clear backlog
In his response, Rymer assured the businesswoman that his ministry was putting measures in place to clear the existing backlog.
He said: “I am proud to announce that we started to do our upgrade testing on Tuesday, but we were only able to do eight at a time. During the COVID, we had those requests and we have maybe about 100, 150 requests for upgrades, so what we will have to do is get more resources to do more testing.”
“We intend to extend the days and the number of grade tests that we will be able to do within a day,” he added.
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