Friday, November 1, 2019

7,000 motorists awaiting driver’s licenses

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The backlog for driver’s licenses at the Road Traffic Department has left thousands without cards just weeks after it became a criminal offense to drive without one.

A high-ranking official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed some 7,000 licenses have to be printed and distributed after the department ran low on cards earlier this month.

Those cards reportedly arrived in the country on Monday, and the official suggested the department will consider allowing backlogged motorists to pick up their cards on weekends only to avoid disruption of day-to-day operations .

Minister of Transport and Local Government Renward Wells told Eyewitness News yesterday the matter has been sorted out and cards are now available for people to receive.

The government recently amended the Road Traffic Act to make it a criminal offense for a driver to fail to produce a driver’s license on request of a uniformed officer.

The failure to do so could lead to an arrest.

Police traffic division Superintendent Marino Hinds said yesterday police are using their discretion to deal with the matter.  Read more >>