C plates open Pandora’s Box
I would like some clarity on this new challenge introduced by Minister of Transport and Works Dr William Dugid: C plates.
In the August 30 edition of the Daily Nation, the reason given for the need for C [commercial] plates was that there were people who drove open back vehicles registered as both private and commercial and that there are cars delivering pizza and that sort of thing and this is commercial. The authorities needed to know which one was which.
Along with the referencing of cars doing “pizza” deliveries, I wish to point out other commercial activities.
There is a fleet of private vehicles leaving The Nation and Advocate every morning to deliver newspapers islandwide.
There is a fleet of private motorcycles that deliver the post Monday to Fridays.
Many food vehicles go to fixed locations and from [building] site to site serving food every day.
The Indian community has been selling goods from cars and vans islandwide for as long as I can remember.
Every day, a range of vehicles travel to ’Town and other locations and set up merchandise and ware – we call them vendors. In the evening, the process is repeated as they take their goods home.
Company cars are driven to work by managers and supervisors.
Consultants, lawyers, accountants, doctors, engineers, quantity surveyors and so on drive from site to site to attend meetings
Salesmen are required to have their own transportation; as are merchants and realtors.
Private and Government employees receive a travel allowance for doing company or Government business
The hearse is on serious business.
Anyone can please feel free to add to the list.
To get your vehicle inspected costs between $350 to $450 in time, travelling and inspection fees. To change, say, 10 000 vehicles will cost the private sector $3 500 000.
Add to that the valuable foreign exchange that will be spent importing the material.