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Alternative to Chuck's six-piece driver's licence

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Despite the best of intentions, being human, there are occasions when one operates a motor vehicle without being in possession of one's driver's licence.

There are many understandable reasons why, inadvertently, the driver's licence is left at home or elsewhere.

Parliamentarian Delroy Chuck's suggestion of issuing six licences per person (one to keep in the car, one in the wallet, one in the jacket pocket, and so on) is an invitation for our tax-thirsty Government to extract a bag of money from the already tax-battered motorist for the five extra pieces of plastic.

Why not legislate that a motorist be allowed to present to the police a certified copy (certified by a justice of the peace or other suitable person) of the licence, in the event the bit of plastic happens to be elsewhere?

Why could not the police avail itself of the technology that would permit it to establish the bona fides of a driver right there on the spot?

A small fine for not being able to produce the licence on spot or not producing it in a timely manner at a police station is reasonable.

Draconian measures of seizing the vehicle and imposing a huge fine are uncalled for.

Not having one's driver's licence, in and of itself, should not form the basis of probable cause for the police to detain or seize anything.


Stony Hill, St Andrew