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  • The Transport Authority has announced a full roll out of its Road Operations Management System (ROMS).
  • ROMS will see Route Inspectors using hand held devices to verify information presented by operators of public passenger vehicles.
  • The system will enable inspectors carrying out routine checks to immediately access numerous databases that provide information on traffic offences.

The Transport Authority has announced a full roll out of its Road Operations Management System (ROMS), which will see hand held devices being utilised by Route Inspectors by mid-March, to verify information presented by operators of public passenger vehicles.

The system will enable inspectors carrying out routine checks, to immediately access numerous databases that provide information on traffic offences, traffic tickets, currency of road licences and driver history.

This disclosure was made by Managing Director of the Transport Authority (TA), Donald Foster, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on February 26.

Mr. Foster explained that the system is a module of the TA’s Licensing Management System (LMS), which introduces hand held devices into road operations of the Authority.

“The Transport Authority is working toward a high level of compliance among operators and is utilising information and communication technology to drive development and improvement. ROMS is one such technology that will be on the road within another couple of weeks,” he said.

According to the Managing Director, Route Inspectors will be using hand held devices in their daily duties.

“An inspector will be able to gather information on the road and the system has the ability to automatically generate a summons on the spot by capturing the vehicle licence plate number and the driver’s badge number,” he said.

Mr. Foster explained that the system is also linked to the TA’s Badge Information Management System (BIMS), which monitors driver badges. The badges are used to ensure that drivers fulfill all fit and proper requirements for the operation of public passenger vehicles. To qualify for a badge, a driver must undergo a period of training with the Heart Trust/NTA, submit a police record, character references and valid photographs and identification.

General Manager for Finance and Planning at the TA, Karey Rowe, pointed out that the authority is moving towards using anniversary dates to renew road licences and is awaiting amendments to the legislation to implement that system. He added that when the system is in place, ROMS will also be used to determine the renewal date of road licences.

Meanwhile, Mr. Foster added that using ROMS to execute the renewal of road licences will help the authority to be more effective and efficient in regulating public passenger vehicles. He noted that it will eliminate the need for largescale renewal on April 1 each year when the authority renews approximately 50,000 road licences.