Canadian consulting firm to reform Licensing Department
By JULIEN NEAVES Saturday, October 19 2013
TRANSPORT Minister Stephen Cadiz, reported that Canadian company, Barrington Consulting Group was being “re-engaged” for the reformation of the Licensing Department to be the Motor Vehicle Authority (MVA) and by yesterday the final draft of the contract should have been sent to the company.
The MVA was first proposed by the former People’s National Movement administration in a heads of agreement with the government of Nova Scotia, in Canada. The Canadian Government had recommended a partnership with the TT Government and the Barrington Consulting Group.
Cadiz addressed the issue yesterday while speaking with Newsday following the opening ceremony for the Full Container Terminal Extension at the Port of Port-of-Spain.
He reported that construction was under way at Frederick Settlement, which is the site for the relocation of the Licensing Office at Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain when the Licensing Department is transformed to the MVA. He noted that the MVA required new legislation, and was a new way of doing business, and stakeholder meetings were ongoing.
“I intend by September, 2014 that Trinidad and Tobago will have a full blown, completely reformed (Licensing Department). One hundred and eighty degrees from where we are now,” he said.
He predicted that there will be brand new legislation that will assist with stolen vehicles, and issues of fake vehicle registration will be “out the window”.
“We are going to get the Licensing Office where you see a vehicle with a registration, a licensing officer, or a police officer, will know exactly who owns that vehicle, with whom it is insured; are there any issues with the vehicle, was it reported stolen, was it involved in an accident, is there any lean on the vehicle?
All of this we are going to be able to deal with by just getting that licence plate,” he said.
He also spoke on the temporary shutdown of operations at the Licensing Office building at Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, due to protest action by the Public Services Association (PSA) over health and safety concerns. Cadiz said there were “certain deficiencies” at the building which have been “sorted out.”
He noted that the building has been inspected by the Fire Services, the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), structural engineers and the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) doing tests for the air quality.
“We had a little glitch there for a couple of days,” he said.
He said he did not have a letter from the PSA “identifying anything” but following the action by PSA President Watson Duke the ministry officials decided to attend to the issues.
“So I didn’t wait on Mr Duke to identify everything. We went ahead and said ‘give me a clean bill of health on this building’ and that is what we’re doing,” he said.
Cadiz, Transport Ministry acting Permanent Secretary, Verna Johnson and Transport Commissioner, Rueben Cato, have all been named in a summons to appear before a Port-of-Spain magistrate on November 4, 2013 in relation to health and safety concerns at the Wrightson Road building.