The Ministry of Transport and Works & Maintenance is seeking to put the brakes on vexing delays associated with its delivery of driver’s licences.
It has announced that a new system for the printing of the Barbados plastic driving licence cards would soon be operational at its offices in The Pine, St Michael. Oistins, Christ Church and Holetown, St James. However, no timeline was provided.
“The Government of Barbados will shortly sign a contract with C L Gibbs & Co Ltd for the upgrade and replacement of the current plastic driving licence card system,” it said in a statement.
Since last year, the public has been forced to deal with several breakdowns of the system, the latest of which occurred when, according to the ministry, the remaining printers at The Pine had stopped working.
It blamed the persistent issues on the age of the existing system, which has been in operation since June 2008.
The new system is estimated to cost $1.12 million and will feature the existing card design, sturdier and faster printers, higher quality cameras and better maintenance protocols, the ministry said.
While the new system is being installed and tested and staff are being trained, the ministry has advised the public to expect delays.
It however assured it would press officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force to continue to use their discretion when drivers are asked to produce their cards, noting that motorist should have the BRA issued receipt as proof of payment, along with a suitable photo ID.