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Corruption, the need for serious technolog-
ical intervention to ensure efficiency and
eradication of bogus permits were
some of the challenges facing the
Licensing Department in Port-of-
So said Works and Transport
Minister Fitzgerald Hinds after a tour
of the department on Wrightson
Road on Tuesday.
Hinds said it was his first tour and
meeting with staff since becoming min-
Saying corruption was not isolated to
the department Hinds, however, admitted:
"In some cases there are elements of cor-
ruption emanating from within this divi-
"I have heard you can pay somebody here
to get an early test, a certified copy in quick
time and an early regulation date."
He said corruption was as a result of "loose
systems" and the "sinfulness of human nature"
but assured that the matter was being addressed.
"You will find corruption perhaps even in the
media," Hinds added.
On a timeline for implementing a computerised
system which has been bandied about for quite
some time Hinds said that responsibility was
not solely his.
"The only time I am bold enough to venture
a timeline is when I
have personal respon-
sibility to do something.
"I can give no guar-
antee of respect for
other people's respon-
sibility," Hinds said.
But he assured meas-
ures were already in
place to tackle corrup-
plates, the minister
added, was another
way to improve the
Saying the situation at the Licensing Office
was far from perfect and left much to be desired
Hinds also urged staff to step up their game to
ensure great efficiency.
He said it was well known that the public
"suffered" in one way or the other in doing var-
ious transactions, including obtaining certified
copies on time.
On the Motor Vehicle Authority Hinds said
the bill was expected to go before Cabinet soon.
He said since the introduction of the 80 kilo-
metre speed limit and the radar guns more careful
driving was observed on the nation's roads.
" It has been a long time since we have had
an accident free long weekend," Hinds added.
Regarding annual inspection of vehicles over
five years he said the system appeared to have
broken down due to lack of enforcement.
However, recommendations have been made
to have drivers who have refused to inspect
their vehicles ticketed instead.
On calls to increase the speed limit he said
technocrats were currently looking and some of
the roads and areas where that could be pos-
He added he had received a report which had
analysed the speed limit.
Newly installed chairman of the Public Transport
Service Corporation (PTSC) engineer Terrance
Beepath is eager to begin tackling issues affecting
the organisation s operations as he believes once they
sufficiently addressed the issues the efficiency and
profitability of the service will improve.
Hoping to schedule the board's first meeting for as
early as next week or even before this week is out,
Beepath said: "The service is not where it ought to
be" in terms of its efficiency.
Beepath, who spoke briefly, was among the seven
people presented with their instruments of appoint-
ment during a ceremony at the Ministry of Works
and Transport, Port-of-Spain yesterday.
The new board, chaired by Beepath, includes
Joann Felix, Mandel Moise, Robin Rampersad,
Mario Merrit, Ann Marie Radhay and Learie
Vowing to find out what was behind the
PTSC problems, Beepath said he was aware
of "some human resources issues."
Confident that senior officials could provide
some insight into this area, Beepath said
they would soon be meeting with the PTSC
general manager as well as members of
the trade union representing workers to
learn about the problems and determine
how they could be rectified.
Beepath also assured line Minister
Fitzgerald Hinds that the new board
would achieve its mandate to weed out
corruption in the State enterprise.
Addressing the members prior to pre-
senting them with their instruments, Hinds
reminded the Board of the importance of the
PTSC's operations as it related to the overall running
of the country.
He referred to it as, "The oil that greases the wheels
of the national economy."
Claiming that there was a critical need for efficient
and affordable public transport, Hinds said this had
been further cemented by that fact that many private
vehicle owners were now accessing public transport
as a direct result of the removal of the gas subsidy.
Regarding Government's election promise to introduce
a mass transit system, Hinds said this had been shelved
for the time being as a result of the ongoing economic
crisis, it did not negate the need for an improved public
Acknowledging the support provided by maxi-taxi
operators, Hinds said there was an urgent need to
modernise the PTSC operations.
Urging the new Board to adopt Government's non-
acceptance of corrupt persons and practices, Hinds
said it was sad that state institutions were plagued by
this scourge which could only be wiped out by imme-
Reminding the members that they were selected by
government to serve the people, Hinds appealed to
them to avoid the pitfalls that sometimes affected
some persons who developed "airs" and a sense of
entitlement upon attaining office.
He told them to always remain humble, polite, honest
and respectful as they went about conducting the
business of the day.
Each member was presented with a copy of the
Public Enterprises Monitoring Manual before they left,
which Hinds urged them to study.
Minister at board
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