Gov’t to streamline licensing

Cayman is moving towards having certified garages doing vehicles inspections, new cars being able to be licensed for three years, and people being able to get five year driving licences, Works Minister Arden McLean told the House.

Introducing the Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2006 to the Legislative Assembly on Friday, Mr. McLean said although the existing traffic law had served the country well, measures were being taken to encourage better traffic management.

Various amendments were being made to assist in improving the efficiency of the licensing department, he said.

He wanted to make sure that the police – and later, appointed wardens – would be able to enforce the protection from abuse of disabled parking spaces.

The definition of public place would be changed so that the law could be enforced and would bring car parks on commercial property under the law, the Legislative Assembly heard.

The law would be amended to allow new vehicles being registered for the first time to be licensed for up to three years initially, he said.

That would make things more efficient for the vehicle owner and the licensing department, said Mr. McLean.

Instead of coming in every year to license their vehicle, people could come in for the first time and register the vehicle as new and then not have to come back for three years if they chose to.

They would have to pay the fees for three years, he pointed out.

If the vehicle coming was second hand but less than three years old, it could be licensed for up to two years, he said.

Mr. McLean said he believed there could be a time in the future when there was a need for appointed inspectors at garages.

It was hoped they would move towards getting such certified inspectors, he said.

It was virtually impossible for staff at the licensing department to handle all vehicles and if the inspection could be decentralised it would be to the benefit of people

The government’s hope and intent was that if the present bill was approved the director would look at the licensing of garages to carry out inspections on the government’s behalf, he told the House.

The new law would also, amongst its various other measures, give the director authority to issue driving licences for up to five years instead of the present three years, said Mr. McLean.

But again he pointed out that people getting them would have to pay a five year fee.

Mr. McLean was still outlining the measures in the amending law when the House was adjourned until Thursday.

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