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Joint select committee looks into non registration of JCF vehicles

Published:Thursday | October 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM

DIRECTOR OF the Island Traffic Authority (ITA), Ludlow Powell, says he does not know on what basis vehicles belonging to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are no longer registered.

A joint select committee of Parliament examining the Road Traffic Act yesterday quizzed senior cops about what appears to be a violation of the current Road Traffic Act.

Committee chairman Dr Omar Davies has asked attorneys from the Attorney General's chambers to investigate by what authority the police have been using their own form of registration plates on most of their vehicles.

L. Garth Soares of the Ministry of National Security told the committee yesterday that the police have employed a mechanism similar to that which obtained with the Jamaica Defence Force. He said this was a controversial issue when the Road Traffic Act was being reviewed.

Currently, the police use on most of its marked vehicles, a strip with information on the divisions from which the vehicles are assigned.

The committee was told that the act makes provisions for police vehicles to be fitted with licence plates issued by Tax Administration Jamaica.

Responding to the concerns, Deputy Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie of the Traffic Division said this arrangement had become the general rule now. "It is a policy that was made at a higher level."

Head of the Traffic Division Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen further explained that "it is part of what is published in our Force Orders and it is so guided."

The ITA head stressed that all vehicles belonging to every government department or agency should be registered except for the JDF which had exemption in law.

"Every entity has its vehicles registered and also does a fitness inspection except the JCF," he said.