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Transportation and business focus of Hew address

A new Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing office in West Bay, improved transportation and enhanced cybersecurity were among the items Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure Joey Hew touched on during his address to the Legislative Assembly Wednesday.

More than 3,000 vehicle owners benefit from amnesty

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.

DVDL inspection pit to close on Wednesdays

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing’s inspection pit at its Crewe Road location will be closed on Wednesdays for the foreseeable future, starting on 28 Aug.
The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing on Crewe Road in George Town

DVDL: Tourists do not need visitor driving permits

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing issued a clarification that visitors to the Cayman Islands are no longer required to pay $16 for a permit in order to drive legally on Cayman’s roads.

The amnesty

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EDITORIAL – Amnesty offers a clean slate for vehicle owners

Sometimes the best way out of a seemingly hopeless mess is to simply hit ‘reset’ and start over – provided, of course, that there is a plan to ensure the situation does not again get out of hand.

6-month amnesty for unlicensed cars

Owners of unlicensed vehicles are getting a six-month amnesty, starting from Monday, during which their unpaid backlog of licensing fees will be waived.

Harris: Cayman has more cars than people

Residents of Grand Cayman can expect much longer traffic delays and even greater road congestion if government does not act quickly, warned Prospect legislator Austin Harris, speaking Thursday before the Legislative Assembly.

DVDL launches text reminder service

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing will remind drivers when their vehicle licenses are due for renewal via SMS text messages and a new mobile app, the department advised Friday.
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Government launches portal for business and drivers’ licensing

Government will present two new online services at a showcase event on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Mail Call: Drivers’ license tests

If you've taken the Cayman Islands' written drivers' license exam, you know it's no walk in the park. Editorial Writer Jennifer Hemmingsen shares readers' reactions to a Compass story about the topic.

EDITORIAL – A failing grade for Cayman’s drivers’ tests

We don’t know if the DVDL considers the test to be more than a decades-old joke, but we can assure them, the public is not laughing. With this kind of failure rate – and the presence of outlandish, irrelevant questions – surely someone exists within the agency who is not asleep at the proverbial wheel.

Nearly half fail Cayman drivers’ license test

The failure rate in the written drivers’ license tests taken last year was almost 50 percent, according to Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing records.

Third arrest in corruption case involving DVDL employee

A third person has been arrested in connection with a bribery case involving a Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing Department employee.

EDITORIAL – Time to examine the logic of our judicial penalties

From the outset we have been of the position that the electronic tags were a “solution” in search of a problem.

New license plate list released

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing has uploaded its latest list of new electronic license plates that are ready for collection.

Second arrest made in anti-corruption case

A second person has been arrested in connection with a bribery case involving a Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing department employee.

EDITORIAL – Line items: Waiting for government

From time to time, we find ourselves wondering if managerial-level government officials are going about their jobs with their “eyes wide shut.”

Drivers urged to check online for new license plates

Drivers who want to find out if their new car registration numbers are ready to be picked up can now check on the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing website.

Electronic license plates

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EDITORIAL – Electronic plates: One question – Why?

In regard to Cayman’s electronic plates, officials have introduced cutting-edge UHF technology into an area where government had not yet achieved mastery of “metal” and “sticker” technology.

Police still unable to scan new license tags

Although more than 16,000 electronic license plates and window coupons have been issued by the Cayman Islands Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing, scanning devices which allow police to automatically “read” those tags are not in use.

Drivers waiting weeks to pick up new tags

Cayman drivers due to receive their new electronic vehicle license plates and registration window stickers are waiting weeks – even months in some cases – to get the new plates after their cars pass inspection.

Months-long delays for driving tests

Those seeking new Cayman Islands drivers’ licenses are being told they may have to wait between two and three months before they can take a road test at the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing on Grand Cayman.

DVDL announces holiday closures

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing announced it will close all of its offices Dec. 15 “to facilitate a staff function and meeting.”

Extended DVDL opening hours in December

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing office in Crewe Road, George Town, will open longer for two days every week during December, the department announced this week.

New license plates ready for pickup

Police and the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing are advising motorists that temporary license plates must be replaced with new plates as soon as possible.

Police stop

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DVDL inspector pleads guilty to careless driving

Arek Ebanks, a Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing inspector who crashed a car he was checking, pleaded guilty to careless driving Monday and was sentenced to a $250 fine or one month’s imprisonment.

Registration please

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25,000 vehicles with ‘expired’ registrations, $14.9 million lost in uncollected DVDL fees

The Cayman Islands Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing repeatedly failed to perform one of its most basic functions properly, contravening the Traffic Law and costing the public purse millions in uncollected fees, the Cayman Compass can reveal.
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DVDL cash handling ‘accountability’ questioned

Certain cash-handling procedures in the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing raised red flags for internal audit staff who reviewed the department in October 2016. In one of the procedures, the audit staff described a “lack of accountability.”

EDITORIAL – The DVDL: A department that failed ‘its inspection’

If Mr. Dixon needs more resources — people, money or whatever — let him make his case to the sharp-penciled “budgeteers” in central government. What he cannot do is simply ignore the mess in the department he oversees.

More than 1,400 vehicles get new electronic license plates

About 60 percent of the vehicles that were issued temporary paper license tags since late last year have received new electronic license plates from the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing.

DVDL announces Rules for collecting, using new license plates

Starting next month, the Cayman Islands Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing will begin issuing new electronic license plates, and there are a few pointers the department has for new plate recipients.

New electronic license plates to be issued in May

New electronic license plates will be issued starting next month, about three months later than the Cayman Islands government initially planned.

EDITORIAL – When ‘minor’ infractions lead to serious crimes

The key concern goes beyond the infractions themselves to their implications and the consequences. We cannot allow the lack of consequences for “no plates” and “no-see plates” to enable the commission of serious violent crimes, or to foster an overall disrespect for our police officers and the law itself.

Driving permits

It has been puzzling me for several years as to why we do not have a facility at the airport for visitors to purchase a visitor driving permit. There are thousands of people who come here yearly to visit friends and family and who may wish to drive a car but not necessarily hire one.

Government refuses to reveal costs of electronic license plates

The government signed a five-year contract with a multinational company to provide new electronic license plates and vehicle registration coupons for more than 45,000 drivers. However, the cost of the winning bid will not be made public.

Gov’t to replace 45,000 license plates

The process of changing all of Cayman’s registered vehicles’ license plates to electronic tags, which is expected to take up to three years, will begin next month when the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing introduces the new service.

Public departments closing for holidays

Government offices and services will be closing throughout the Christmas and new year period.

DVDL inspector back to work, facing prosecution

“Human error” has been blamed for a July 11 accident in which a Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing inspector, while driving a sports car he was examining, vaulted it over a median, into a light pole and onto the opposite lanes of a busy Grand Cayman road in lunchtime traffic.

EDITORIAL – A ‘crash course’ in DVDL logic

A government vehicle inspector totaled a sports car he was testing, leading to a charge of “careless driving,” which could result in a fine, jail time or disqualification of driving for up to a year.

DVDL holiday closure times

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing offices will close early Friday for a staff function, according to the department.

Traffic court for ‘racing’ DVDL inspector

A Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing inspector who drove a sports car he was inspecting into a light pole, over the median and onto the opposite lanes of Crewe Road in July will face prosecution for careless driving.

Licensing Department open in Breakers

The new Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing branch is now open to the public at the SouthCoast Plaza in Breakers, Bodden Town. The plaza opened on Thursday, Oct. 14, and features a full inspection station, registration and drivers’ licensing kiosks offering similar services to the one on Crewe Road in George Town.

EDITORIAL – Port drops car: A ‘crash course’ in immunity clauses

The Williams family’s new life in the Cayman Islands started off with a bang — and a crash, and a thud … But no “I’m sorry” from port personnel who dropped their shipping container, causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage to its contents, including their car, scooters and other property.

‘Racing’ DVDL inspector case goes to prosecutor

The traffic case involving a Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing vehicle inspector who crashed a car he was test driving on July 11 has gone to local prosecutors for a ruling.

DVDL, police continue probe of vehicle inspector’s crash

The head of Cayman’s Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing said Friday that his inspectors “have and continue to test vehicles on public roads,” in response to Cayman Compass questions about an ongoing investigation into a July 11 auto crash involving a DVDL inspector.

‘Racing’ inspector to return to work

A Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing inspector who drove a 1996 Toyota Supra into a light pole and onto the opposite lanes of Crewe Road Monday afternoon is due back at work Monday, according to department officials.

Test drive

Vehicle inspector crashes car during test drive

Johnny Salas was going to sell his 1996 Toyota Supra after getting it registered at the Cayman Islands Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing Monday.

Some garages suspended from doing vehicle inspections

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing has suspended some garages from doing inspections in the wake of claims they were passing non-roadworthy vehicles, Planning Minister Kurt Tibbetts said Tuesday.

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