More than 3,000 vehicle owners benefit from amnesty

Vehicles line up at the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing in Crewe Road. The deadline for the amnesty for expired registrations is 1 Nov. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay

More than 3,000 vehicle owners have so far taken advantage of the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing six-month amnesty, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

The amnesty, which started on 29 Apr., ends on 1 Nov.

All vehicles with expired registrations after the deadline will be terminated “in an effort to clean up the DVDL’s register,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Director of Licensing David Dixon pointed out in the statement that once the amnesty process ends, customers will no longer be able to write off their fees.

“We have a month to go before the end of the amnesty, so we want to encourage persons to make use of the opportunity to catch up with their back fees without costs or penalty,” he said.

The ministry said that, to date, 2,399 vehicles with expired registrations have been relicensed by owners.

In addition, 675 vehicle owners used the amnesty to suspend their registrations, and 194 others voluntarily removed their vehicles from the register.

Under the amnesty, which was launched to reduce the number of derelict and abandoned vehicles, fees have been waived for people who have accrued a backlog for unlicensed vehicles.

Commerce Minister Joey Hew noted that some owners had accumulated fees dating back to Hurricane Ivan.

“Vehicles owners should make use of this waiver so that they can come back into compliance,” Hew said.

The police will continue to enforce proper registration of vehicles according to the Traffic Regulations, the statement said, adding, “Those motorists found in violation will be prosecuted.”

The ministry also urged owners to dispose of their derelict cars and trucks responsibly at the George Town Landfill. “Persons can be fined or imprisoned under the Cayman Islands Litter Law for vehicles left derelict and abandoned,” it added.

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