Learning to Drive in Jamaica

Many Jamaicans today opt to illegally obtain their driver's licence because they believe they will be unsuccessful in passing the prescribed test given by the Road Traffic Authority. This create a problem as many new drivers who have not gone through the proper process, do not know the required rules to operate a vehicle on Jamaica's roads. This can lead to increased traffic, accidents and cost to the Jamaican economy as funds that could have been  used otherwise would have to be diverted to deal with the consequences of improper use of the road.

The course alleviates the problem by giving a person wishing to apply for a driver's licence a chance by equiping them with the knowledge necessary to pass the test given.

How to apply for a Jamaican Driver's License

Application, Grant and Refusal of Permit or Driver’s Licence.

Application for motor vehicle licence.

This  section talks about the different licence  a  prospective applicant  can apply for at the Authority.

Provisions to physical fitness for  permit or driver's licence.

This sections speaks directly to the  physical condition of the applicant and if they are  capable of operating the vehicle without endangering  the general public. 

Grant and duration of learner's permit.

This section relates to the eligibility of the applicant to be granted a learner's permit, and if granted to duration that permit shall remain valid.

Conditions of learner's permit.

In this section, the act speaks about the terms and conditions that the learner driver is subject to when operating a vehicle for the purpose of learning to drive.

Grant or refusal and duration of driver's licence.

Here the act speaks about the considerations taken when granting a driver's licence, the duration the licence shall last and the grounds for refusal to grant a licence to an applicant.

Prerequisite to the grant of driver's licence.

This sections speaks of the many requirements an applicant must meet before the Authority will consider granting a driver's licence.

Application for motor vehicle licence.

Section 21 - 1

Every person who is desirous of obtaining

(a) a learner’s permit; or

(b) a driver’s licence, 

shall apply to the Authority in the prescribed form and manner to be issued with the permit or driver's licence.

Section 21 - 2

It shall be an offence to

(a) apply for or hold a permit or driver’s licence in circumstances where the applicant holds another permit or driver’s licence of the same class; or

(b) provide false or misleading information to the Authority on an application under subsection(1).

Section 21 - 3

An application under subsection (1) shall be accompanied by the prescribed application fee.

Section 21 - 4

Where the Authority thinks necessary, it may require an applicant for a permit or driver’s licence to furnish such additional information or documents as it specifies.

Section 21 - 5

A person shall not hold or obtain a permit or driver’s licence while he holds another permit or driver’s licence of the same class that is in force, whether the permit or driver’s licence is suspended or not.

Section 21 - 6

For the purposes of subsection (5), two or more permits or driver’s licences shall, unless the contrary is proven by the licensee, be deemed as having been granted to the same person, if his photograph appears thereon, notwithstanding the fact that the permits or driver’s licences are in names other than his own.

You should only apply to the Authority if you wish to obtain a learner's permit.

Section 21 -1

Every person who is desirous of obtaining

(a) a learner’s permit; or

(b) a driver’s licence,

shall apply to the Authority in the prescribed form and manner to be issued with the permit or driver's licence.

  • True
  • False
Answer the question by selecting whether the above statement is true or false.

Which of the below responses constitutes an offence when applying for a motor vehicle licence?

Section 21 - 2

It shall be an offence to

(a) apply for or hold a permit or driver’s licence in circumstances where the applicant holds another permit or driver’s licence of the same class; or

(b) provide false or misleading information to the Authority on an application under subsection(1).

  • Apply for a similar licence to one you already have.
  • Have a disability.
  • Provide false or misleading information.
Select all the appropriate responses below, based on the question above. Multiple responses can be selected.

Provisions as to physical fitness of applicant for permit or driver's licence.

Section 22 - 1

The Authority may impose conditions on an applicant for the issue of a permit or driver’s licence, including a requirement for ophthalmic and auditory or other medical examination.

Section 22 - 2

Where an applicant for a permit or driver’s licence has a prescribed disease or physical disability, the Authority may grant to the applicant, a licence limited to the driving of a motor vehicle modified soas to allow the applicant to operate the motor vehicle despite his disability, if the Authority is satisfied that the applicant is fit to drive the motor vehicle.

Section 22 - 3

Where the Authority certifies that the testing of the applicant proves his fitness and ability to drive a motor vehicle of a particular construction or design only, the Authority shall not refuse to grant a driver’s licence pursuant to the provisions of section 25(2) (b) and (c);however, the conditions in the licence shall be limited to the driving of vehicles of that construction or design.

Section 22 - 4

Where, on considering an application for a driver’s licence,the Authority ascertains that a driver’s licence was previously issued to the applicant after passing the test mentioned in subsection (3), a further test shall not be required, unless based on the declaration as to physical fitness made by the applicant, or from information received by the Authority, it appears that the prescribed disease or physical disability has become more acute or the applicant has another prescribed disease or physical disability not disclosed on the previous occasion.

Section 22 - 5

Where it appears to the Authority that there is reason to believe that the holder of a driver’s licence has a prescribed disease or physical disability likely to cause the driving by him of a motor vehicle to be a source of danger to the public and, on enquiry into the matter,the Authority is satisfied that the licence holder has a prescribed disease or physical disability, the Authority shall so certify in the prescribed form and give notice to the holder of the driver’s licence of its intention to revoke the driver’s licence in accordance with section 34.

Section 22 - 6

The holder of the permit or driver’s licence that is proposed to be revoked under section 34 may, except in the case of such diseases and physical disabilities as may be prescribed, make a request in writing Provisions as to physical fitness of applicant for permit or driver’s licence to be subjected to the prescribed test as to his fitness or ability to drive a motor vehicle; and, if he passes the prescribed test, the permit or driver’s licence shall not be revoked.

Persons with a disability are granted a motor vehicle licence only if;

Section 22 - 2

Where an applicant for a permit or driver’s licence has a prescribed disease or physical disability, the Authority may grant to the applicant, a licence limited to the driving of a motor vehicle modified soas to allow the applicant to operate the motor vehicle despite his disability, if the Authority is satisfied that the applicant is fit to drive the motor vehicle.

  • The vehicle is modified so the applicant can operate it regardless of their disability.
  • The applicant pledges to customize their vehicle to fit their driving style.
  • The applicant hides from the Authority a disease or physical disability that affects their driving performance.
Select the best possible response below to complete the sentence above.

Grant and duration of learner's permit.

Section 23 - 1

Subject to the conditions set out in section 24, the Authority may grant to an applicant a learner’s permit upon considering an application under section 22 and being satisfied that the applicant

(a) is at least seventeen years of age;

(b) has successfully completed the prescribed Road Code test;

(c) has produced the required medical certificate from a duly qualified medical practitioner in the prescribed form; and

(d) has paid the prescribed fee.

Section 23 - 2

Subject to section 30 and the conditions set out in section 24, a learner’s permit shall remain in force for a period of twelve months after the date upon which it was granted.

The Authority may grant an applicant a learner permit if the applicant satisfies;

Section 23 - 1

Subject to the conditions set out in section 24, the Authority may grant to an applicant a learner’s permit upon considering an application under section 22 and being satisfied that the applicant

(a) is at least seventeen years of age;

(b) has successfully completed the prescribed Road Code test;

(c) has produced the required medical certificate from a duly qualified medical practitioner in the prescribed form; and

(d) has paid the prescribed fee.

  • is at least seventeen years old.
  • has successfully passed the driver's licence test.
  • has paid the prescribed fees.
  • has successfully completed the prescribed Road Code test.
Select all the appropriate responses below, based on the question above. Multiple responses can be selected.

Conditions of learner's permit.

Section 24 - 1

A learner’s permit granted under section 23 shall be subject to the following terms and conditions

(a) the holder of the learner’s permit shall be accompanied at all times while driving by a person who is the holder of a driver’s licence for not less than three years;

(b) there shall be displayed on the front and on the back of the motor vehicle that the holder of the permit is driving, the letter “L” which shall be of such size and dimension as maybe prescribed;

(c) the breath alcohol concentration of the holder of the permit while driving shall not exceed 0.01 per cent or 10 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath;

(d) the breath alcohol concentration of the accompanying driver referred to in paragraph (a) shall not exceed 0.02 per cent;

(e) the holder of the learner’s permit shall not drive any motor vehicle in excess of 80 km per hour. 

(f) the holder of the permit shall have on his person at all times while driving, the learner’s permit granted to him under section 23; and

(g) such other terms and conditions as may be prescribed.

Section 24 - 2

The holder of a learner’s permit shall comply with the terms and conditions subject to which the permit is granted and such terms and conditions as may be prescribed.

Section 24 - 3

The holder of a learner's permit who contravenes subsection(2) commits an offence.

A learner driver is bound by the following restrictions on a learner's permit;

Section 24 - 1

A learner’s permit granted under section 23 shall be subject to the following terms and conditions

(a) the holder of the learner’s permit shall be accompanied at all times while driving by a person who is the holder of a driver’s licence for not less than three years;

(b) there shall be displayed on the front and on the back of the motor vehicle that the holder of the permit is driving, the letter “L” which shall be of such size and dimension as maybe prescribed;

(c) the breath alcohol concentration of the holder of the permit while driving shall not exceed 0.01 per cent or 10 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath;

(d) the breath alcohol concentration of the accompanying driver referred to in paragraph (a) shall not exceed 0.02 per cent;

(e) the holder of the learner’s permit shall not drive any motor vehicle in excess of 80 km per hour. 

(f) the holder of the permit shall have on his person at all times while driving, the learner’s permit granted to him under section 23; and

(g) such other terms and conditions as may be prescribed.

  • The letter "L" should be affixed to the front and back of the vehicle.
  • Shall not drive in excess of 80 km/h.
  • Shall be accompanied at all times by the holder of a valid driver's licence not less than 3 years.
  • Breath alcohol concentration should not exceed 0.02 per cent.
Select all the appropriate responses below, based on the question above. Multiple responses can be selected.

Grant or refusal and  duration of driver's licence.

Section 25 - 1

The Authority may, subject to section 26, on considering an application for a driver’s licence under section 21, or an application for the renewal of a driver's licence under section 30, grant a driver’s licence in one of the classes specified in section 2(2).

Section 25 - 2

Subject to section 30, a driver’s licence granted under subsection (1) shall

(a) remain in force for a period of five years; and

(b) be subject to the prescribed terms and conditions.

A drivers licence shall remain in force for a period of five years?

Section 25 - 2

Subject to section 30, a driver’s licence granted under subsection (1) shall

(a) remain in force for a period of five years; and

(b) be subject to the prescribed terms and conditions.

  • True
  • False
Answer the question by selecting whether the above statement is true or false.

Prerequisite to the grant of driver's licence.

Section 26 - 1

The Authority shall not grant a driver’s licence to the applicant unless the applicant has obtained from the Authority a certificate of competence, certifying that the applicant

(a) has, immediately prior to the application, been the holder of a learner’s permit for at least six months;

(b) is able to read and write and identify road signs and symbols that are associated with the Road Code;

(c) has paid the prescribed fees;

(d) subject to subsection (2), has successfully passed the driver’s licence test administered by the Authority;

(e) is at least seventeen and one-half years of age;

(f) has produced, to the Authority, a prescribed certificate from a Justice of the Peace, an Officer of the Constabulary Force,a minister of religion, an attorney-at-law, a Councillor or a member of a Municipal Corporation, Town Council, City Council or a principal of a school in the area in which the applicant resides, certifying the identity and residential address of the applicant; and

(g) during the twelve months preceding the application, has not been convicted of an offence under this Act.

Section 26 - 2

The applicant shall satisfy the Authority, where the applicant

(a) is applying for a Class A or a Class B driver’s licence, that the applicant has submitted to the Authority the medical report required by section 23;

(b) is applying for a Class C driver’s licence, that the applicant has been the holder of a Class B driver’s licence for a minimum of three years; or

(c) is applying for a Class C driver’s licence, that the applicant has produced to the Authority a medical certificate in the prescribed form from a medical practitioner registered under the Medical Act.

Section 26 - 3

The Authority may, as a prerequisite to the grant of a permit or driver’s licence

(a) exempt persons or any categories of persons from any written test prescribed under this Act; or

(b) require persons to pass the prescribed test.

The Authority shall grant a driver's licence for all the following reasons except the applicant;

Section 26 - 1

The Authority shall not grant a driver’s licence to the applicant unless the applicant has obtained from the Authority a certificate of competence, certifying that the applicant

(a) has, immediately prior to the application, been the holder of a learner’s permit for at least six months;

(b) is able to read and write and identify road signs and symbols that are associated with the Road Code;

(c) has paid the prescribed fees;

(d) subject to subsection (2), has successfully passed the driver’s licence test administered by the Authority;

(e) is at least seventeen and one-half years of age;

(f) has produced, to the Authority, a prescribed certificate from a Justice of the Peace, an Officer of the Constabulary Force,a minister of religion, an attorney-at-law, a Councillor or a member of a Municipal Corporation, Town Council, City Council or a principal of a school in the area in which the applicant resides, certifying the identity and residential address of the applicant; and

(g) during the twelve months preceding the application, has not been convicted of an offence under this Act.

  • has paid all prescribed fees.
  • is at least seventeen years of age.
  • has not been convicted of an offence within the last twelve month prior to the application.
  • is able to read and write and identify road signs and symbols.
Select the appropriate response below, based on the question above. Only a single responses can be selected.