One quick re­ver­sal

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Opinion -

On Mon­day, the Min­istry of Trans­port, Works and Main­te­nance an­nounced that the pub­lic would no longer need proof of ad­dress when reg­is­ter­ing a ve­hi­cle or re­new­ing a driver’s li­cence.

The week be­fore the min­istry re­leased a state­ment say­ing that proof of ad­dress in the form of a re­cent util­ity bill or a re­cent bank state­ment of not more than three months, would be re­quired to con­duct busi­ness.

This re­ver­sal of this de­ci­sion came fol­low­ing pub­lic out­cry and a wider dis­cus­sion on proof of iden­tity by the Cab­i­net of Bar­ba­dos.

NA­TION read­ers lauded the re­ver­sal, but some still had ques­tions.

khaki sama­cho: Ah, fi­nally some bright “spark” re­alised the folly of teenagers not hav­ing a util­ity bill or credit card state­ment with their name and ad­dress . . . we mak­ing progress!

San­dra Butcher: Whose idea was it in the first place? Look in the fu­ture, have the town hall meet­ings, then make the de­ci­sions. It is silly to make de­ci­sions and then have to re­scind.

Erica Mur­ray: I am con­fused, I want to know why is this? And un­less more data is given I think it’s the most ridicu­lous thing that I’ve ever heard of. There­fore, please tell me how will this work if a ve­hi­cle gets into an ac­ci­dent? Are they al­lowed to give their names, and why?

Juni Al­leyne: Un­be­liev­able! Why take a step back­wards when you were on the right path . . . peo­ple have to un­der­stand the ben­e­fits of ad­dress on the li­cence . . . .

Dorry Pi: Well that lasted long. What? A whole week? What about the stick­ers on the li­cence plates? That’s go­ing bet­ter I as­sume?

Gerdy Kell­man: So be as­sured some peo­ple will put any but their own ad­dress! Not a good idea at all!

Claudette Har­ris: Are they crazy. You should have an ad­dress to get a driver’s li­cense.

An­gus Benn: If a per­son doesn’t have any ad­dress. It means that the Gov­ern­ment will be los­ing rev­enue. A lot of you just blow­ing out hot air. There are thou­sands of peo­ple with­out a per­ma­nent ad­dress ev­ery day.

So­nia Seale: State­ment first, reper­cus­sions thought about after. Well, well, well.

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