Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Fraudulent letters submitted to Transport Ministry in police hands

(right) Minister in Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance Peter Phillips flags new challenge.

(right) Minister in Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance Peter Phillips flags new challenge.

Forged letters submitted to obtain permits have been flagged by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance and are now in the hands of the Royal Barbados Police Force.

Recently in the Lower House as the Appropriation Bill and Estimates 2019 were laid and discussed, during the presentation by the Committee from the Transport Ministry, the Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance and Representative for St. Lucy, Peter Phillips said that fraudulent approval letters are one new issue that has their attention. 

Phillips said:

"It has also been drawn to our attention and it is now a police matter where fake letters authorizing or informing persons of approvals with regards to taxi permits and so on were discovered; where persons lifted the signatures of the Chairman of the Transport Authority and letters were produced.

"It is a matter the police is dealing with now."

Assuring that they are going after the culprits, he added, "We cannot go into basically any detail as this would perhaps prejudice the investigation that is ongoing, but we are aware of such, and that is being addressed as well."

This comment came after the Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance Dr. William Duguid assured the public that lawbreakers within the Ministry will be weeded out as they ramp up monitoring internally.

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