JPD looking for driving schools for disabled community

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THE Land Transport Department (JPD) is currently looking for driving schools that are willing to set up specialised lessons for the disabled community in the country.

Land Transport Director Dr Hj Supry Hj Ladi said yesterday that the department has contacted all of the existing driving schools in the sultanate and are waiting from them to respond with ideas, input and proposals on how the lessons can be conducted.

The feedback will be submitted to his department by the end of this month, said the director.

It will also include the scopes of the courses, aside from just outlining the lesson plans for the specialised training.

The scopes are important as there is a need to see whether or not the plan includes experts who can properly teach persons with disabilities that may differ from one to another, he said.

Dr Hj Supry added that lessons conducted by a certified trainer would mean that the training incorporates all safety aspects required by the specialised courses.

The proposal, said the director, should also include the background details of the experts employed, and what kind of disability he or she are capable to teach.

At the moment, persons with disabilities who pass the driving test are given a class 7 driving license.

They are required to buy cars equipped with similar devices and driving aids as those used in their training vehicles.

The director said that there are companies coming into the country to review demands on these specially built cars.

These companies may be the potential suppliers to the special needs people in the future, said Dr Hj Supry.

“If there is no proposal or plans submitted to us by the end of the month, we will need to think of other ways to address this,” he said.

“But if this works out, hopefully we would be able to set up one or two schools that could run these courses... perhaps two in Brunei-Muara and one in Belait,” he said.

The Brunei Times