Sunday 31 May, 2020

Over $1 million to upgrade license printing

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

After years of complaints, it appears Barbadians will soon get some relief in securing plastic driving license cards.

A new printing system will be implemented in the near future at the Barbados License Authority (BLA) located at the Pine, Oistins and Holetown.

The Government of Barbados will shortly sign a contract with C.L. Gibbs & Co. Ltd., for the upgrade and replacement of the current plastic driving licence card system.

The existing system was in use from June 2008 and has been experiencing challenges, due to the age of the system and the associated equipment - the most recent occurred yesterday, when the remaining printers at the Pine were no longer printing.

The new system is estimated to cost BDS $1.12 million and will feature the existing card design, sturdier and faster printers, higher quality cameras and better maintenance protocols.

During the transition period from the current printing system to the new one, additional delays are expected while the new system goes through the process of installation, staff training and testing. The Royal Barbados Police Force will be requested to continue to use their discretion when drivers are asked to produce their cards and must instead present the BRA issued receipt as proof of payment, along with a suitable photo ID.

The Ministry of Transport, Works & Maintenance regrets the inconvenience that will be caused during this period and assures the public that it continues to work towards the provision of an improved and more proficient service, for the driving and riding public of Barbados.


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