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Victoria driving instructor accused of sexual harassment agrees to end lessons amid ICBC investigation

A prominent driving instructor in Victoria has agreed not to give further lessons following complaints of sexual harassment and inappropriate driving by female students, ICBC said on Thursday.

Steve Wallace will not provide driver training, travel to locations where students attend, or visit any ICBC premises pending the outcome of the harassment allegations, the organization said in a statement. communicated.

ICBC said it also contacted the Victoria Police Department about the allegations.

“This is a very serious matter and we urge anyone with concerns to report them to local law enforcement as soon as possible,” he said.

ICBC’s update comes after Aiko Oye, 18, told her story about a disturbing lesson she had with Wallace – a longtime instructor and owner of Wallace Driving School – a week ago .

She said that within five minutes of meeting her he commented on her “movie star eyes”. From there, Oye said Wallace said “I love you” to her about 15 times.

Oye also said Wallace, 72, placed her hand over hers while she was driving when she thought it was unnecessary.

‘He said I love you about 15 times’: Prominent Victoria driving instructor accused of sexually harassing teenage boys

The experience left Oye shaken and when she shared her experience with her friends, she said she realized she was not alone. This led her to create a Instagram account for others to come forward and share similar accounts of their experiences with Wallace.

The page received dozens of direct messages within days, many of them from women sharing allegations ranging from unprofessional behavior to inappropriate touching.

A weekly column written by Wallace for the Times Colonist has been canceled since the allegations surfaced.

Contacted by CHEK News, he apologized in a statement.

“I’m so sorry for doing anything that made anyone feel uncomfortable. Learning to drive is a process where confidence is built in a short time. I’m in a position of trust and I am appalled to learn that my actions and words are seen as a breach of that trust,” he said. “I focus on positive reinforcement so that new drivers learn the necessary and vital skills. interactions include vehicle control interventions for safety In the future, I will make it clear that emergency vehicle control may require physical contact.

Wallace added that he will consider the comments and takes the concerns seriously.

“I take social media comments seriously and they make me think about the unintended consequences of my recent driving lesson. I thank the authors [for] their concerns. I acknowledge and respect their feelings. It is a return of humility and I promise to do better.

ICBC has urged anyone concerned about Wallace or other driving instructors or schools to file a formal complaint in line.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.