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Doing it right

Published:Monday | May 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Daviot Kelly
A motorist leaving the examination depot on Spanish Town Road, St Andrew. - File

You know, Jamaican people just blooming lazy. Mi nah hide and talk,an aquaintance only recently actually carried his vehicle to the depot to get his certificate of fitness renewed. A part of mi shame, because he tries to be a good citizen and a morally upright person. So cutting corners really isn't something he should be doing. In his defence, we've always heard some horror stories and seen the photos of long lines with cars backed up almost to the depot's entrance. But he's trying to be a good lad, so he chose to physically go (plus the car did well wobbly leading up to the exam, so it did need touching up).

Apart from missing a turn the first time (what do you expect? he's never been to the depot other than the driving test day) everything went fairly smoothly. The entire process from start to finish was so quick, it made Usain Bolt look like a tortoise in comparison. Sweet!! So I'm beginning to think this is just another case of Jamaican people preferring the easy way out, even if the right way isn't all that difficult to begin with. Like the person who jumps the fence to a $300 admission party (seriously, you're going to buy Hennessy but can't find $300 to go in?), or the person who devises a hi-tech, sophisticated way to beat exams, rather than just actually studying to pass it.

To add to his chagrin, in comparison to when he would 'pay a likkle man' to get the certificate, it took him all day to get the papers back. Doing it the right way took him about 15 minutes! Talk about a long shortcut! Having said all of that, I can totally understand why some people don't bother going to the depot. Dependent on when you go, it can take a while, and if you service your car regularly, you know it's in good shape. Plus, I'm not sure if the two likkle test dem do accurately show whether the vehicle is OK. In my friend's case, his brakes were pretty much gone, so they would have noticed (if only when they end up in the chain link fence after trying to stop).

The other thing I don't like is when the examiners get behind the wheel of a vehicle, especially a souped-up one, is like dem skin ketch fire! Testimonies of other drivers kind of assured me I'm not alone in my thinking. I highly suspect that most of the people who carry their vehicles don't accelerate or brake as sharply as the examiners do. I wonder if they're doing more damage to the vehicle in two minutes than you ever did for the entire year. Hmmm.

Maybe he was just lucky that morning, who knows? But I'm leaning towards doing everything by the book, no matter how hectic it might get.

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