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Liberalisation of public transportation system now set for June 3

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The planned liberalisation of the public transport sector is now set for June 3, according to the regulatory agency for public transportation.

The process was originally slated for May but the Transport Authority said it was revised due to the high volume of applications.

"There was a delay because of the sheer volume of applications for renewals being processed by the Transport Authority," the agency said in a statement this afternoon.

"In order to ensure that the processing of renewal applications is completed, prior to the acceptance of new applications, the decision was taken to commence accepting new applications on June 3, 2019," it continued.

Under the liberalised system, the Transport Authority will resume the acceptance of new applications for all categories of road licences island-wide, except for hackney carriages in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR). 

This will result in the opening of 1, 251 routes across the island to include 989 route taxi and 262 rural stage carriage routes. 

Meanwhile, the Transport Authority is reminding applicants that all new road licence applications must be accompanied by the stipulated letter from an approved Electronic Fleet Management System (EFMS) provider confirming the installation of the EFMS device in keeping with the April 1 implementation date.

The public transport regulator is expected to roll out, also in June, its recently designed Regional Licence Approval (RLA) process, which is geared at decentralising and automating the processing of road licence applications.

It is anticipated that the RLA process will significantly reduce the turnaround time for new applications from 21 working days to 10 working days.

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