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  • This, according to Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who said redeeming these is a condition for renewals.
  • “The only new licence application we will accept between February 18 and March 31 is from contract carriers, because a lot of them would’ve imported buses, and their buses would be on the wharf and we will accommodate them,” he said.
  • “So the days of when persons have to buy two licence plates in order to get the green plate will be over. You’ll be able to get the green plate right there at the depot,” Mr. Montague assured.

Starting February 18, the Transport Authority will be suspending the road licences of public passenger vehicle operators having 10 outstanding traffic tickets, or warrants.

This, according to Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who said redeeming these is a condition for renewals.

“Those persons who have tickets and ignore the lawful command of the police, you’re going to feel it. You must abide by the rules and regulations,” he warned.

He was speaking at a Transport Stakeholders Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on Thursday (February 7).

Meanwhile, Mr. Montague reiterated that the road licence renewal period is from February 18 to March 31, adding that the Transport Authority will begin accepting new applications on May 1, with some exceptions.

“The only new licence application we will accept between February 18 and March 31 is from contract carriers, because a lot of them would’ve imported buses, and their buses would be on the wharf and we will accommodate them,” he said.

The Minister also noted that if persons already in the system have a “one- off” request for a new licence, they will be accommodated on a “case by case basis”.

He further announced that if public passenger vehicle operators applying for licence renewals up to November 31 last year have not received these as at January 31, 2019, there will be no additional charge.

Mr. Montague also advised that, come April 1, 2020, the Transport Authority will not be issuing more than three licences in one name.

He said the Government is also looking at offering online road licence renewal by next year.

Meanwhile, the Minister announced that the recruitment of 50 new transport route inspectors this year has commenced.

He also informed that 15 clerks will be employed, and that one will be assigned to each depot across the island.

“So the days of when persons have to buy two licence plates in order to get the green plate will be over. You’ll be able to get the green plate right there at the depot,” Mr. Montague assured.

The Minister further informed that the Transport Authority is in the process of reviewing an application and receiving submissions for a fare adjustment.