New age requirements for PPVs
THE Transport Authority has implemented age requirements for public passenger vehicles (PPVs) under new standards for public land transportation, effective July 1.
Communications and customer services manager at the Transport Authority, Petra-Kene Williams, told JIS News that several fit and proper criteria have been implemented, aimed at ensuring the safety of the commuting public and that the highest safety standards are observed.
For vehicles entering the pool, cars must be less than 12 years, minibuses and mid-size buses must be less than 15 years and buses must be less than 25 years to be eligible for licensing as PPVs.
"Only renewals will be accommodated for cars older than 12 years, minibuses or mid-size buses older than 15 years, and buses older than 25 years. Older vehicles will not be accepted for new applications," Williams said. "Structural integrity tests administered by the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) will be required for cars 12 years or older, minibuses 15 years or older and buses 25 years or older," she added.
The implementation of age requirements comes against the background of a recent pilot project by the ITA, which revealed that many vehicles in the sector over a certain age have structural defects. These include damage to the frame, undercarriage, or chassis.
Williams explained that ITA examiners had observed signs of major repairs on inner fender structures, reattached chassis numbers, constantly illuminated safety restraint lights and resealed air bag covers.
She said based on the findings it was necessary to implement the measures to ensure the safety of the commuting public.