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ITA, TA head West

By Balford Henry
Observer senior reporter
balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, June 30, 2017

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WORK is to start in July on the construction of the western Jamaica offices of the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) and the Transport Authority (TA).

The Island Traffic Authority administers the provisions of the Road Traffic Act, which speaks to the testing of vehicles to ensure fitness, road-worthiness and general compliance with standards of safety while the Transport Authority is the agency charged with the responsibility for the licensing of all public and commercial vehicles and the regulating and monitoring of public transportation in Jamaica.

The regional office will be situated in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland and is one of several new developments associated with efforts by the Government to create a central Land Transport Authority (LTA).

Since 2013, the country has been moving to establish a Land Transportation Authority, in a bid to improve efficiencies in the transport sector, and consistent with the objective of modernising the land transportation sector.

The new entity will result from the merger of the Transport Authority and the Island Traffic Authority.

The Ministry of Transport and Mining says that the combined resources of the ITA and the TA will assist in streamlining the transport sector, creating a “one stop shop”.

It is expected to yield economies of scale, improve efficiency in operations, opportunities for improving commuter services, more effective enforcement of regulations, as well as contribute to the modernising of the management of land transport regulation.

The new western office is expected to help address an increase in road crashes in Westmoreland.

The project, to be undertaken over three months at a cost of $14 million, will include offices for managers and supervisors; storage and inspection areas; kitchenette and eating areas; staff and customer restrooms; classroom and examination room; main entrance hall; customer reception area; and a pound.

Transport Authority managing director Cecil Morgan said the new facility will better serve public transport operators in western Jamaica.

“We thought it was important for us to bring our office and services closer to them to facilitate the people of Westmoreland and the adjoining parishes, so that they won't have to journey to Mandeville or St James to get their licence applications done,” he told Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine.

Chairman of the ITA, Victor Green said the new facilities will provide a safer, comfortable and more convenient work environment for the authority's inspectors, clerical and other staff.

“Improved quality of service, efficiency and customer service, while the motoring public seeks to get certificates of fitness, driver's licences and all the other services offered by the ITA, will be a feature of this new facility,” he pointed out.

Chin's Equipment, Rental and Construction Company Limited is the contractor for the Westmoreland office, which is expected to be completed in early September.

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