Sunday 18 November, 2018

Gov't gives five-month moratorium on inspection stickers

Drivers have been given a five-month moratorium on inspection stickers to allow them to get their vehicles tested. 

The moratorium is effective from Thursday, July 5, 2018.

"Cabinet accepted the recommendations of the Ministry of Works and Transport, where effective from today there'll be a five-month moratorium on the inspection on vehicles in accordance with Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act," Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan said.

Speaking at Thursday's post-Cabinet briefing, Sinanan said this should allow drivers to get their vehicles inspected and alleviate the delays and inconveniences which drivers have reportedly been experiencing. 

He said he received reports that at some vehicle testing stations the queues have been spilling onto the highways, and said that this should alleviate the rush. 

"Over the past couple days we have had several complaints about the queues at inspection areas and in an effort to ensure that we can actually get the vehicles inspected, Cabinet took that decision this morning," he said.

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Sinanan said Cabinet also took the decision to allow T vehicles with a maximum gross weight of 3200kgs to be inspected at the Ministry's list of approved inspection garages.

"There are about 132,000 T vehicles in Trinidad and Tobago. Unfortunately, at this point in time there are only two locations that inspect these vehicles. It is virtually impossible to have this quantity of vehicles inspected at two locations in Trinidad," he said. 

"This will take us to the end of the year and from January we expect that all the vehicles should be inspected by then," he said. 

Sinanan added that the issue was not the availability of stickers but rather the feasibility of having so many vehicles inspected over a short space of time. 

"We have enough stickers for the vehicles, but the question is can we get these vehicles inspected. What we're putting in place is a system to allow these vehicles to be inspected," he said. 

He added that Cabinet has also approved the randomisation of vehicle registration numbers, in an effort to stop people from abusing the system to get special numbers.

"There were a lot of complaints that the (sequenced) system was being manipulated and (there were allegations) that people were paying and getting special numbers. This randomised automated system allows numbers to be computerised so no one will be able to manipulate the system," he said.

He said this would also speed up the system of vehicle registration. 

"We expect that that would bring some relief to vehicle owners," he said. 

He added that the MOWT would be reviewing the list of approximately 70 authorised vehicle testing stations to ensure that they are active.

Sinanan said the moratorium on inspection stickers would last until the end of the year and would resume in January 2019.

 

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