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PPVs must be examined before March 31

Published:Monday | March 20, 2017 | 3:26 AM

The Transport Authority is reminding public passenger vehicle (PPV) owners and operators of that all vehicles must be examined ahead of the road licence expiration date of March 31.

Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Acting General Manager of Human Resources and Administration at the Transport Authority, Petra-Kene Williams, said the authority has put measures in place to facilitate the process.

"We decided to open motor vehicle examination facilities for the last two Sundays in March to allow persons to come in and have these vehicles examined," she said.

Williams said more than 30,000 road licences will expire on March 31.

She said the Transport Authority began motor vehicle examinations in January 2017 but to date, less than 10,000 vehicles have been assessed.

"(This) means that there are still approximately 20,000 that should be done in preparation for the March 31st deadline and that was the basis for the decision (to have Sunday opening)" she noted.

Williams said that under this facility, licencees are not required to pay the motor vehicle examination fee up front. The fees will instead be collected upon submission of applications for renewal of road licences.

She is urging PPV operators to apply for road licences on time to avoid paying a late fee, which takes effect on April 1.

Next Sunday the pounds at the Montego Bay Transportation Centre in St James; Lakes Pen in St Catherine; and Hatfield in Manchester will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.