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  • The Transport Authority (TA) is moving to equip its Inspectorate Division with 50 new route inspectors.
  • New recruits will be added in the “upcoming months” and will bring the total staff complement in the Division to 199 persons.
  • Modern systems implemented at the Authority will enhance its regulatory functions.

The Transport Authority (TA) is moving to equip its Inspectorate Division with 50 new route inspectors, to ensure discipline in the public transport system.

Chairman of the Authority, Norton Hinds, said the new recruits will be added in the “upcoming months” and will bring the total staff complement in the Division to 199 persons.

Mr. Hinds made the disclosure while addressing a recent ceremony to commission into service nine new vehicles for the Operations Division. He said special emphasis will be placed on identifying persons who are ‘best fit’ for the organization and who offer excellent service.

As the new vehicles were being handed over, Mr. Hinds reminded staff that the motor vehicle management policy, which covers routine and preventive maintenance and driver accountability and responsibility, prohibits the use of vehicles to block or chase other vehicles.

He also informed that modern systems implemented at the Authority will enhance its regulatory functions. These include a database of approved drivers and conductors; the establishment of a transport registry with names of operators and owners by February 17, 2014; and appropriate pre-employment screening of drivers in the public transportation system.

Mr. Hinds also asserted that computerised scheduling of road operations; the use of computer tablets to check vehicle operators on the road; and the production of automated summonses while on operations, in addition to the new vehicles, will result in a greater effort to regulate the system.

“The monitoring and regulating of the public land transportation sector is at a point of major transformation in light of the greater inclusion of modern Information Communication Technology in the monitoring functions. The implementation of the Badge Management Information System, and Road Operations Module of the Licensing Management Information System (LMIS), are of paramount importance,” Mr. Hinds said.

The Chairman further warned that the visibility of the Authority will be increased in the months ahead with the addition to its human resource capability and increased mobility. He called for compliance with the regulations by all in the sector.