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Lewis calls for operators of public passenger vehicles registry
2013-09-26 08:43:16 | (0 Comments)
Head of the police traffic division Senior Superintendent of Police Radcliff Lewis says it’s time that the authorities get serious about implementing a registry for operators of public passenger vehicles.
Senior Superintendent of Police Radcliff Lewis. - File
SSP Lewis says the registry should be supported by a new system under which people would have to submit a record of their driving history before being issued with licences to operate public passenger vehicles.
He laments that reckless operators continue to cause mayhem on the roads and put the lives of passengers at risk.
SSP Lewis was addressing a meeting of the Institute of Internal Auditors at the Courtleigh Hotel & Suites in Kingston yesterday.
The head of the traffic division's comments came against the background of yesterday’s tragic crash in Manchester which left four students dead and others injured.
SSP Lewis says checks revealed that the drivers of the two mini buses involved in the crash have a history of traffic violation.
He says since January 2011 one of the drivers was issued 115 traffic tickets while the other received 105 traffic tickets between November 2010 and this year.
"The drivers of the two mini buses, if a system was in place where their driving records must be produced, both men would not be driving public passenger vehicles," said Lewis. "My recommendations made have no ulterior motives but only to save lives and for PPV drivers to drive within the speed limit."
SSP Lewis says a public passenger operator registry and a driving history record will help to better regulate the sector and at the same time provide useful information to insurance companies.
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