The Transport Authority is urging the nearly 17 thousand unlicensed operators to renew their road licenses now.
According to the Transport Authority operators whose licenses have expired and remain un-renewed as at April 1, 2019 are presumed to be operating contrary to law.
It says under section 61 of the Road Traffic Act (1938) it is an offence to operate a motor vehicle without a road license being in force for that vehicle.
Additionally, section 78 sub section one of the Act, says it’s an offence to use a commercial motor vehicle on a road for the carriage of goods or services without a carriers license.
The Authority says vehicles being operated without the requisite license are subject to seizure.
Operators who fail to renew their road licenses before the June 3, 2019 start of the Liberalization of the public transportation system will be subject to a late fee of 10 thousand dollars.
This is in keeping with the Authority’s Regional Licensing Approval Policy and procedure which also takes effect on June 3, 2019.
The Regional Licensing Approval Policy and Procedures is intended to significantly reduce the processing time for road license applications by decentralizing and automating the license approval process.
Meanwhile, the Authority is urging the commuting public to be vigilant in selecting its transportation providers and to choose only safe, licensed, legitimate operators.