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960 x 640 Hon Joseph Hew MLA

Published 15th May 2020, 1:59pm

In an historic meeting of the Legislative Assembly on Thursday (April 23), Members unanimously approved the onward passage of the Traffic Amendment Bill 2020 which will ease processes at the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing.

Moving the amendment to the Traffic Law, 2011, Minister for Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, Hon. Joey Hew said the changes would provide the law flexibility and the ability to respond quickly during emergencies such as national disasters and pandemics.

Similar, legislative action was undertaken by the UK during the SARS pandemic in 2004 and the Cayman Islands bill is based on those amendments, he noted.

The amendment, once passed would give Cabinet authority to issue suitable instructions to the Director of Licensing both on issues or parts of the Traffic Law as well as Regulations, he added.

Notably, the local amendment allows vehicle owners to now renew online without their vehicles' certificate of roadworthiness being current for over three months. (Due to the COVID 19 office closures, vehicle inspections have been suspended.) Owners can then go online and complete the renewal process, Minister Hew explained.