New Features To Be Placed On A Drivers Licence

“Right now, people are walking up and down with bogus driver’s licences, and it is hard to distinguish between the bogus and the real. For example, a gentleman turned up in Spanish Town and was asked for his driver’s licence and he produced a driver’s licence in the name of a very colourful Senior Superintendent of Police – the full name,” the Minister noted. The Ministry of Transport and Mining will be introducing new security features on a driver’s licence to eliminate fraud. Speaking in the House of Representatives recently, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said the new security features will be facilitated under the regulations of the new Road Traffic Act. The Ministry of Transport and Mining will be introducing new security features on a driver’s licence to eliminate fraud.Speaking in the House of Representatives recently, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said the new security features will be facilitated under the regulations of the new Road Traffic Act.“Right now, people are walking up and down with bogus driver’s licences, and it is hard to distinguish between the bogus and the real. For example, a gentleman turned up in Spanish Town and was asked for his driver’s licence and he produced a driver’s licence in the name of a very colourful Senior Superintendent of Police – the full name,” the Minister noted.Mr. Montague pointed out that the new regulations under the Road Traffic Act will also allow for digitalised tests and periodic retesting.“Right now, you go into an examination depot and do the test, a clerk takes it, corrects it and tells you if you pass or fail. You don’t get a chance to see the document itself. What we are moving to do is digitise it. Once you are onscreen and online, as soon as you pass it will be centralised, so that no local person in a depot would be able to change the scores or interfere with it…; it will be centrally dealt with,” he said.Mr. Montague said the regulations under the Act are being finalised. “Although this process is long and people have been waiting, it is the normal legislative process that we have to pay attention to, so that we don’t keep coming here to amend what we have just passed,” he said.He encouraged Jamaicans to exercise patience “while we get it right”.In the meantime Mr. Montague said aspects of the Road Traffic Act have been gazetted and are enforced, including those that establish the Island Traffic Authority as the lead implementing agency.“However, some sections in the old Act, once they are taken off the books, all the sections will go and that would affect the Transport Authority Act, so we are moving now as part of the process to move the sections that relate to the Transport Authority,” he said.The new Road Traffic Bill establishes new offences, as well as provide increased penalties for breaches. Story Highlights read more

Human Trafficking A Major Criminal Activity – Minister Chang

National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says human trafficking has become a major activity in the criminal underworld, with statistics indicating that it is the third most lucrative crime behind drugs and trafficking in firearms. Story Highlights Dr. Chang was addressing the official launch of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Clubs in Schools initiative on Thursday (October 3) at the Dunoon Technical High School in Kingston. “Trafficking of our young adults is a lucrative business. It is growing, and as we get on top of dealing with the drugs and firearms trades…. it means the criminal organisations [are] losing money and they will look to other areas, and clearly one of those areas is human trafficking,” he said. National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says human trafficking has become a major activity in the criminal underworld, with statistics indicating that it is the third most lucrative crime behind drugs and trafficking in firearms.“Trafficking of our young adults is a lucrative business. It is growing, and as we get on top of dealing with the drugs and firearms trades…. it means the criminal organisations [are] losing money and they will look to other areas, and clearly one of those areas is human trafficking,” he said.Dr. Chang was addressing the official launch of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Clubs in Schools initiative on Thursday (October 3) at the Dunoon Technical High School in Kingston.He said that human trafficking is described as a modern-day form of slavery.“It is something that we have to not only protect those who are exploited against but the country has to find a way to stop the entire activity. It is still as lucrative a trade as slavery was [although] it is not as visible,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, the Minister commended the 11 institutions across the island that have already joined the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Clubs.Among them are Port Antonio High, Portand; Garvey Maceo High, Clarendon; St. Hilda’s High, St. Ann; Christiana High, Manchester; Calabar High, St. Andrew; and Dunoon Technical High.Dr. Chang said that the initiative aims to sensitise young adults about human trafficking in order to prevent them from becoming victims.“I think this particular effort is a most valuable effort in dealing with the trafficking issue, because the vulnerability is here, and if we can control it and stop it, this will go a far way in reducing the damage to our young adults,” he noted.For his part, Head of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Vice Squad, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Carl Berry, said the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Clubs in Schools programme will facilitate discussions on the issue.“We will have direct links to your guidance counsellors, deans of disciplines and principals via WhatsApp. In the event there is a topic that is too heavy for the discussion, then you could invite us to your club meetings. We intend to visit all schools with clubs,” he said.DSP Berry noted that one of the reasons for the initiative “is to ensure that people who are a part of the club can get superior information in order to fight and protect themselves against human trafficking”.Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose, including forced labour or sexual exploitation. read more