The Transport Authority (TA) has launched an Online Application System, which will allow commercial carriers (vehicles used to transport goods) the convenience of renewing their road licences using the Internet.
At the launch at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Kingston, today (May 14), Managing Director of the Transport Authority, Daniel Dawes, said approximately 64 per cent of the Authority’s customer base could benefit from the system.
“In the last year, a total of 57,485 road licences were printed by the Transport Authority. Of this number, 36,560 were Commercial Carriers’ road licences,” he noted.
The Online Application System is one aspect of the Licence Management Information System currently used by the Transport Authority. The system was developed in partnership with the Inland Revenue Department and the developers, Fiscal Services Limited.
Applications can be made by clicking on the applications link on the Authority’s website, creating an online account, logging in and then filling in the application form. Currently, the system only accepts credit card payments.
Transport Authority staff members, Maureen Lowe (right) and Wayne Smith, perform a skit explaining how the Authority’s Online Application System works, during the launch of the system, on May 14, at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in St Andrew. Seated at the head table are (from left): Director of Marketing at the Transport Authority, Arthur McKenley; Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry; Managing Director of the Transport Authority, Daniel Dawes; and the Authority’s General Manager for Operations, Cecil Morgan.
Mr. Dawes pointed out that the launch of online applications for commercial carriers is just a first phase, as the Authority’s long-term goal is to offer the option of online application for road licences and other services to all customers.
He also noted that the online application would be particularly beneficial during peak periods, March to May, when there is usually a high volume of traffic at the Authority’s offices. He stated that since the start of the licensing period in February, more than 270 applications have been made using the online system.
Also speaking at the function, Minister of Transport and Works Hon. Mike Henry, described the Online Application System as “monumental”, especially in light of the more than 53 per cent increase in Internet usage in Jamaica over the last six years.
He stated that the system would provide access to “real-time registration and fitness information,” adding that full-scale implementation of the Online Application System for commercial carriers, will result in a reduction in the processing times for this category of road licences, saving costs in time and resources for businesses and individuals.
Mr. Henry announced that the second phase of the Online Application System is scheduled for the 2010-2011 licensing period, and would allow public passenger vehicle operators to apply for their road licences using the Internet.
“Ultimately, the Ministry anticipates same-day delivery of road licences for renewal applications,” he said.