The Road Traffic Department will soon operate on a cashless basis, Minister of Transport and Local Government Renward Wells announced yesterday.
Wells said the new system will enable better transparency in the department.
“Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce that the Road Traffic Department’s cashless initiative has begun,” he said during debate on the midyear budget.
“This will ensure a more transparent and accountable process. This effort, we believe, will further increase our revenue from the department.”
However, Wells acknowledged that there have been issues with the recently implemented transport management system (TMS).
“But I must say, Mr. Speaker, I acknowledge that we have had lots of challenges with this new transportation management. Mr. Speaker, the TMS is a work in progress,” he said.
“The TMS system is challenged with managing speed during times of high volume of customer transactions. However, Mr. Speaker, the program designers and contractors…who currently do not have a local office here in the country, have been engaged to assist in mitigating issues experienced during operational hours.”
He added, “Hopefully by June of this year, we will be able to report that all of the glitches in the current TMS system have been worked out.”
Wells said paper licenses will no longer be used in Family Islands, and that training is being conducted to allow road traffic offices on other islands to have direct access to the TMS.
“It is the objective of the department to secure two additional laptops and webcams that can upload directly to the transportation management system to deliver services once a receipt is provided,” he said.
“Training has begun on this system in Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera. And further provisions have been made to do the same for Andros, Bimini, Cat Island and Long Island.”
Wells also said a new road traffic office in New Bight, Cat Island, will be up and running by June.