(CMR) The Department of Vehicle & Driver's Licensing (DVDL) has been confiscating driver's licenses from people after several of their employees were accused of fraud back in 2017/2018. The letters have been delivered over the last few weeks essentially telling drivers they must relinquish their licenses to the police.
Confiscation letters were delivered to the police in June 2019 but are now only being delivered to the drivers who are saying that they have no knowledge of the accusations. Many are perplexed as to why it took the police over 13 months to deliver a letter as some of them are delivery drivers and drive as part of their employment responsibilities.
CMR has been reliably informed that people are being issued letters via the police and signed by the Director of the DVDL demanding hand over their licenses that would have been issued during that time period. The power to recall such licenses is conferred on him via section 134 of the Traffic Law, 2011.
The letter also requires them to provide proof of how the license was obtained in accordance with section 40(1). CMR sources indicate that the ongoing investigation into two of its former employees for alleged fraud is the source of the confiscations; which are now happening some three years after the arrests.
One such person spoke to Cayman Marl Road indicated that she had taken both the written and road test and paid for both so she is uncertain as to what the issue could be. In fact, she is shocked that some three years after having her license she would be contacted about this as the license was due to expire soon:
“My family lives in Cayman and that is not how I would do things. I don't know what the issue is and all this time later it's hard to find documents”.
Another person was able to produce their original receipt. However, DVDL sources indicate that's not where the issue lies.
It appears that there is some concern over the fact that some people obtained a license without meeting the criteria of either (1) passing a written test (2) passing a practical driving test. A reliable CMR source indicates the allegation against the two employees is that the accepted payments for the driving tests in circumstances where done was given. Drivers are providing receipts but the issue is not that they did not pay for the services but that the necessary steps to properly obtain a license were not followed. Hence the comment that that
Arrested is Kimberly Elizabeth Bolt-Riley (nee McLaughlin). Sources indicate the second person may not have yet arrested them but is no longer employed with the DVDL and investigations are ongoing.
The situation has left some employers wondering how they are to utilize their employees but CMR understands that nothing would prevent them from re-applying and going through the process again to obtain a new license.