C plates open Pan­dora’s Box

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Opinion - – WAYNE CLARKE

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.

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