Driving offices protest new traffic law
License applications should be made in person
The Syndicate of Drivers’ Education Bureaus protested the new traffic control law published on October 25. The syndicate threatened to take escalatory measures if the law was not rectified. The law, which regulates traffic control with stricter safety measures, was ratified in July.
“We will call a news conference next week to explain our position more explicitly,” said Hussein Ghandour, head of the syndicate. The new law states that residents applying for a driver’s license should file the request in person. Currently, drivers’ educational bureaus act as mediators between applicants and the Ministry of Interior.
The law calls for establishing specialized driving schools at a later stage. Owners of drivers’ education bureaus can become tutors at these schools after completing their training at special vocational institutions. “This will terminate the businesses of driving bureaus,” Ghandour said. According to Ghandour, there are around five thousand drivers’ education bureaus across the country.
Reported by Yassmine Alieh
Date Posted: Nov 08, 2012