One quick reversal
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.