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ITA opposes licensing regime for police

Published:Saturday | December 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Rudolph Brown/Photographer SSP Calvin Allen,(right) Traffic Division converses with DSP Gary McKenzie, during a press conference at the All Island Traffic Conference 2014 at the Police Officer Club in Kingston earlier this month.

HEAD OF the Island Traffic Authority (ITA), Ludlow Powell, has urged members of a joint select committee reviewing the Road Traffic Act not to give the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) its own licensing regime in the proposed law.

At present, the JCF is operating its own motor vehicle licensing regime in violation of the Road Traffic Act. However, Powell said the force should not be given the same privilege that the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) now enjoy under the current law. The JDF has a licensing regime that is recognised under the Road Traffic Act.

Powell said his agency would not be in support of the JCF being granted its own licensing regime in the proposed new statute.

Members of the committee also expressed reservations about recommending that the force be granted a motor vehicle licensing regime.

Head of the Road Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, told the committee that the force would make a submission on the special licensing regime at its next meeting in January.

FINANCING ISSUES

At an earlier meeting, the committee was informed that the JCF, due to a financial crunch, has been registering its own vehicles for the past five years without going through the established procedures at Tax Administration Jamaica .

Deputy Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie, of the Traffic Division, has advised the committee that the arrangement had become the general rule in the force.

"It is a policy that was made at a higher level," he told the committee in October.