The new home of the Department of
Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing officially opened its doors on Monday with a
ribbon-cutting by Premier McKeeva Bush and Works Minister Juliana O’Connor Connolly.
“The complex encapsulates what we
have set out to achieve in providing the public with a first class facility for
their day-to-day transactions that features enough amenities to meet demand,”
said Ms O’Connor Connolly.
It is on Crewe Road near the Hurley’s
roundabout and provides a spacious new facility for the public and 33 department
It will handle vehicle inspection
and registrations as well as house drivers’ license issuing and exam centres.
Featuring ample parking with 85 spaces
and two inspection bays, the interior of the building has been fitted out to
accommodate physically challenged staff and clients.
Edgewater’s Development’s Kris
Bergstrom, the builder behind the project, explained the building can
accommodate developments in Information Technology like electronic testing that
will be implemented over time.
Department Director David Dixon
noted former Works Minister Arden McLean began initiating changes to the department
in August 2006 and expressed his thanks for the support the department has
received toward working to reduce the congestion at the Elgin Avenue and
Walkers’ road offices.
“We realise at a time like this we
need to emphasise service, and this new facility allows us to do it,” said Ms
“It also addresses the lack of
space we had at the previous facilities.”
The building is built to hurricane
specifications, elevated to the appropriate height to withstand flooding with a
hurricane resistant roof and walls.
Mr. Dixon also announced the Department
will soon be launching its new customer service website, which will enable users
to renew their vehicle licenses online.