I feel this change is important as:
1. Those on the list of specified occupations may not always be willing to co-operate.
2. It can be difficult to find people on the specified list of occupations without a lot of fuss. Anyone living on a housing estate, in a small village or in a rural area may well have difficulty reaching such individuals without a tiresome journey, and without, possibly, having to pay a fee as well.
3. It seems a rather old-fashioned and rather disdainful notion that a doctor , bank manager or a lawyer is somehow more worthy than a neighbour, a shopkeeper or a plumber. Neither does this classification sit well with notions of 'equality'!
4. One has to question what one is trying to achieve by specifying certain occupations for certification of documents – is it objectivity? honesty? reliability? – and ask why a broader range of individuals, (anyone who is not a family member or close friend) , cannot provide the same service.
5. A broader range of individuals, qualified to certify documents, would facilitate this process for a great many people.