Draconian and unnecessary

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 November, 1999, 12:00am

The ban on driving by foreign domestic helpers is unlikely to generate a significant number of jobs for local drivers.

It will however create a lot of unnecessary inconvenience and ill feeling among employers who rely on their helpers for incidental driving duties.

My family lives in Shek O and my three young children need to be driven to separate schools as well as to their various activities.

It is physically impossible for me to handle all the driving requirements.

Driving is an essential but small part of our domestic helper's responsibilities which for the majority of the day comprise housework and childcare.

Should our helper be banned from driving we would not be in the position, financially or practically, to hire a local driver to do what amounts to a few hours of driving at irregular hours.

My husband's employer provides him with a local driver for business purposes during office hours and therefore, we are not in breach of the current guidelines.

For us and many other families in the same situation, such a ban will not mean that a local driver will benefit as our needs are strictly incidental.

With so many more important tasks in hand surely the Government has better things to do than implement unnecessary and draconian measures on a small section of the community.