New regime coming for licensing of public passenger vehicles
Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio
The Transport Authority is implementing a new regime for the registration of public passenger vehicles (PPVs) as of February next year.
As of February 17, owners of PPVs will be required to include the name of the driver of the registered vehicle upon renewal of the road license.
Managing Director Donald Foster says the move is part of efforts to modernise the sector and give the authority more control in verifying and identifying legitimate PPV operators as well as connecting them with their assigned vehicles.
He pointed out that it is also aimed at preventing instances where individuals with poor driving records are allowed to transport members of the public.
Against that background, Foster says the requirement to list all drivers in the Badge Information Management System is also geared at increasing levels of compliance and improving the safety and security of all road users.
He says the move is also aimed at strengthening regulations in the public transportation system.
He says it will also enable owners to access insurance for their vehicles.
The Managing Director says a programme is now underway to get all drivers and conductors in the public transport sector legitimised through training and accreditation.
That programme would require the conductors and drivers to acquire a Police Record.
Foster says for those operators who have not yet received their badges, they can access training by presenting a receipt for the Police Record Application.
He says applicants will not be prosecuted if they present their receipts for the Police Record and enroll for training up to the end of November.
Foster is also reminding all PPV drivers and conductors that they must wear their badges and have them visible at all times while operating a vehicle.
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