Transport Commissioner aiming to reduce long lines and improve service at Licensing Offices

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Transport Commissioner aiming to reduce long lines and improve service at Licensing Offices

The licensing office will soon be increasing staff and streamlining processes in order to reduce the bottlenecks causing the long lines.

This from Transport Commissioner Clive Clarke.
Speaking from the Ministry of Works head office in Port of Spain on Thursday, Clarke pointed out that several factors have contributed to the long lines frustrating drivers who have trying to have their vehicles inspected.

Clarke said the bottlenecks were caused by errors made in the previous manual process for inspections, and missing data from the digitisation process carried out 18 years ago.

He said for example, “A person may have keyed in the wrong information in registering a vehicle on the computer. So (if) a chassis number had C105, you would find an officer putting Ci05.”

“Then we have missing data from our digitisation process whereby the division did not capture two key elements for the inspection that determines whether you go to an inspection station or to the licensing division, except for taxis and T-vehicles, etc.”

Clarke said because there was such a high volume of people in this situation, the process could take up to three weeks and even longer.

“We are very much aware of the situation,” he said. “We have ramped up staff in the licensing division who will be working that extra time with additional resources to address that issue.”

He added that the licensing office will go back to an appointment system for vehicles 6,000 kg and up. He said it is also working on establishing a site in eastern TT for appointments for those vehicles.

From next Tuesday, the San Fernando and Caroni offices will not do transfers of ownership. People looking to transfer ownership would have to go to the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva and the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima.

This would go on for six weeks in the first instance. Transfers can still be done at the Wrightson Road office.

“Because of the technology we now have, we can decentralise the licensing office, thereby easing the crowds in licensing and providing the opportunity to free up more days for inspection.” Clarke said.

He said because the new digital system forces people to physically bring their vehicles for inspection, the licensing office is now able to catch several issues, including duplicated chassis numbers, which suggests theft.