The state of emergency in Latvia at the beginning of the year due to the coronavirus seriously hampered the obtaining of a driver’s license for thousands of students of driving schools – for several months, practical exercises, as well as face-to-face first aid classes were banned, explains Lilita Voitkevicha, a representative of the Emergency Medical Service:
«Drivers are not the only target audience queuing up for first aid courses. Hunters, gun owners, kindergarten educators, and workplace safety specialists all need this training as well. These are thousands and thousands of people. […]
The amendments were made by the Ministry of Transport, defining the categories of drivers for training and, accordingly, the scope of our service’s competence in this matter. Based on the ministry’s amendments, our service, in cooperation with the Health Inspectorate and the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, has developed a method for safely conducting one-on-one classes.».
It is for these reasons that in 2021, the Road Safety Directorate managed to issue much fewer driver’s licenses than usual. Directorate representative Ilze Shipkevich told:
«From the moment of passing the exam at the driving school, you can pass the check in the traffic safety department within about two subsequent weeks. Sometimes – faster if space is freed up. According to the information at our disposal from driving schools, now more than ten thousand people are waiting for the exam. This is due to the fact that due to the restrictions imposed in the country, more stringent rules have now been established for passing the exam for first aid. We hope that soon these restrictions will be relaxed, and cadets will be able to get the coveted driver’s license.».
The current difficulties in obtaining a driver’s license are caused by objective reasons, the action of emergency situations, however, it is necessary to look for ways to solve the situation that has arisen for the benefit of the recipients of the certificates, he said. Juris Zvirbulis, President of the Latvian Automotive Society, Member of the Road Safety Council.
«In May I had a need to take first aid courses myself (not in connection with driving), and these courses were organized quite competently, I had the opportunity to listen to three cycles of lectures via the Internet, and then there were one-on-one practical lessons with an instructor“, – he said.
Juris Zvirbulis believes that many thousands of queues for obtaining a driver’s license could be reduced by taking specific steps:
«The vaccination certificate could be used! This would immediately become one of the additional bonuses for vaccination, although our young people are already quite active. In any case, those who have a green certificate, that is, who are vaccinated and have immunity, they could in the near future already conduct these classes in person, according to the full scheme. Observing logical and understandable restrictions (mask, ventilation of premises, in summer lectures and practical exercises could be held outside under a canopy)».
In total, since the beginning of this year, the Road Traffic Safety Directorate has issued 4865 driver’s licenses.
Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by gorod.lv.
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