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Financial crunch causes JCF to start licensing regime

Published:Saturday | October 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM

A SENIOR legal officer in the Attorney General's Chambers has revealed that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has been registering its own vehicles without going through the established procedure at Tax Administration Jamaica as a result of financing issues.

Marlene Aldred, senior legal adviser in the Attorney General's Chambers, who provides technical support to a joint select committee reviewing the Road Traffic Act, was given the task to investigate why the JCF started its own licensing regime.

On Wednesday, Aldred told lawmakers at a committee meeting in Gordon House that the JCF had been registering its own vehicles for the last five years.

However, the legal adviser pointed out that the registration of its own vehicles was not done in accordance with the Road Traffic Act or any other law. "This is a system that they have carved out for themselves," she added.

INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE

Aldred said one of the persons who was instrumental in devising the system had intimate knowledge of the licensing regime at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The JDF has a licensing regime that is recognised under the Road Traffic Act.

The committee was advised that the primary reason for introducing the motor vehicle registration regime in the JCF was a funding issue.

At the committee's last meeting earlier this month, Ludlow Powell, director of the Island Traffic Authority, said he did not know on what basis vehicles belonging to the force were no longer registered by Tax Administration Jamaica.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie of the Traffic Division had 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 added.