63% of licensees meet road licence renewal deadline

Saturday, April 07, 2018

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The Transport Authority says it has received 38,859 applications for the various categories of road licences and commercial carriers since the February 12, 2018 commencement of the 2018/19 road licensing period.

This represents approximately 63 per cent of the projected 62,000 licences to be processed by the authority this year. Over the past two weeks the authority has received 18,028 of these 38,859 applications — as commercial and public passenger vehicle operators descended on its offices in a last-minute rush to meet the March 31 expiration date.

The authority, in a news release, said that despite the large number of applications received, it has processed 74 per cent or 28,844 applications to date. The remaining 10,015 applications, the agency said, are being processed and will be ready for collection within the stipulated seven working days processing time for renewals.

The authority also said it did not experience any technical difficulties while processing any of the applications for road licences or commercial carriers. “In fact, the Transport Authority continues to process licence applications ahead of the stipulated seven working days turnaround time for renewals,” the news release said.

The authority also said it was encouraging everyone with expired road licences to renew their applications now and operate legal public transportation services.

On Tuesday, scores of operators of commercial and public passenger vehicles flooded the Transport Authority office on Maxfield Avenue in Kingston to renew their licences and complained about a late fee. They also argued that the late fee should not have been imposed because the office was closed on Good Friday, the day before the deadline.

However, the Transport Authority insisted that motorists were given enough time to renew their licences in order to avoid the penalty, pointing out that the agency started accepting applications for road licences from February 13 and, in fact, began processing examinations for public passenger vehicles from as early as January.

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