(CMR) In a historic meeting of the Legislative Assembly Thursday, April 23, members unanimously approved the onward passage of the Traffic Amendment Bill 2020 which will ease processes at the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing.
Once passed the Director of Licensing could extend owners’ certificates of roadworthiness by 3 or 6mths, (as cabinet deems necessary) allowing them to register their vehicles online without interruption.
The Traffic Amendment Bill 2020 received its second reading this morning in the LA and is aimed at allowing the Director of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing to understand several initiatives to accommodate persons during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moving the amendment to the Traffic Law, 2011, Minister for Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, Hon. Joey Hew said the changes would provide the law flexibility and the ability to respond quickly during emergencies such as national disasters and pandemics.
The amendment, once passed would give Cabinet authority to issue suitable instructions to the Director of Licensing both on issues or parts of the Traffic Law as well as Regulations, he added. He explained that Cayman's legislation is based on UK legislation that was utilized during the 2004 SARS pandemic.
Notably, the local amendment allows vehicle owners to now renew online without their vehicles’ certificate of roadworthiness being current for over three months. (Due to the COVID 19 office closures, vehicle inspections have been suspended.) Owners can then go online and complete the renewal process, Minister Hew explained.