Driving instructors feel betrayed; Petition Launched

Additional reporting by Monique Agius

Driving schools have launched a petition to stop driving lessons immediately. Driving instructors who spoke to this newsroom said that they feel betrayed and do not know what to do as the Superintendent of Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci is appealing for the public to avoid contact with people and keep social distancing, however, Transport Malta has revoked a decision to suspend driving lessons, just days after it had announced the ban.

On Tuesday 31st March, Transport Malta said that driving lessons can resume as long as the new restrictive measures which were introduced last week are enforced.

The measures include allowing one passenger inside vehicles at any time, ensuring windows are open during lessons, and wiping seats and dashboards with disinfectant after every lesson.

The measures include allowing one passenger inside vehicles at any time, ensuring windows are open during lessons, and wiping seats and dashboards with disinfectant after every lesson.

Newsbook.com.mt spoke to Nicholas Bray, president of the Malta Driving Instructors Association who stated that they feel they have not been treated well by authorities. Bray said they will not operate as they do not want to put themselves and their families at risk.

The President of the Malta Driving Association also explained that it does not make sense for driving lessons to continue as per usual while that driving tests remain suspended.

This newsroom has also contacted Marion Briffa, a driving instructor who explained that due to the present situation they are experiencing a business loss. Briffa said that they have been contacted by many students saying they have to cancel their scheduled lesson at they have to stay in quarantine. Marion Briffa explained that it is unfair they in such situation Transport Malta has revoked a decision to suspend driving lessons.

Another decision revoked by Transport Malta was that car dealers would be closing down until further notice. Transport Malta did not reply to questions sent in by Newsbook.com.mt on why the decision was revoked.