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The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) will be hosting a workshop to highlight the technological strides being made in driver and vehicle testing.
Under the theme: ‘Charting New Frontiers in Driver and Vehicular Testing’, the four-day seminar/workshop, slated for the Shaw Park Beach Hotel and Spa in Ocho Rios, St. Ann from December 11-14, will also highlight plans to improve the organisation’s overall service offerings as it seeks to modernise its operations to meet world-class standards.
“In keeping with our mission of ensuring that the nation’s roadways are safe, the ITA is embarking on an initiative to ensure customer satisfaction in all aspects of its operations. This will include more stringent enforcement of rules and regulations that pertain to the traffic environment,” said Director of the Island Traffic Authority, Paul Clemetson, while noting that the authority has partnered with the relevant stakeholders in the process.
Mr. Clemetson informed that the seminar/workshop will set the platform to equip and empower staff and other stakeholders with the requisite knowledge and skills that will be needed to adapt to pending changes.
These include the introduction of cutting edge equipment such as the dynamometer to measure the power or force of a motor vehicle engine. This device, complete with a computerized data acquisition system, will allow for speedy, accurate and efficient motor vehicle testing services.
“We are living in a technological world and as such changes will enhance efficiency, accuracy, and effectiveness, and facilitate an overall safer traffic environment,” Mr. Clemetson stated.
The workshop presenters, both local and international, will provide up-to-date information on vehicle registration and licensing, vehicle testing, testing of drivers for commercial licence, traffic signs, vehicle and weight enforcement, defensive driving, motor vehicle import policy, collision reconstruction, among others.
International presenters will include Director of State Relations at the American Automobile Association, Justin McNaull.
The Island Traffic Authority is a department of the Ministry of Transport and Works. Its core function is to administer the provisions of the Road Traffic Act and Regulations to ensure safety on the nation’s roads.

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