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Land Transport Authority Permits Can Be Sold, Hired, Transferred In Five Months

  The Land Transport Authority chief executive officer Carmine Piantedosi has confirmed that amendments have been made to sell, transfer or hire permits. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Kumar
17 Aug 2017 11:00
Land Transport Authority Permits Can Be Sold, Hired, Transferred In Five Months
Congratulating new LTA CEO Mr Carmine Piantedosi (left) on his first day at work is LTA Chairman Mr Vijay Maharaj

 

The Land Transport Authority chief executive officer Carmine Piantedosi has confirmed that amendments have been made to sell, transfer or hire permits.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Kumar Bala signing the amendments on August 4 allows permit holders to sell, transfer or hire permits.

Amendments have been made for all taxi permits; new and old permit holders.

A Public Service Vehicle (PSV) statistics provided by the authority showed that from 2013 to 2016, the permit issuance increased from 7501 to 7746 beacause of the renewal of expired permits and the issuance of new permits to the rural areas.

Rental: There was an upward trend in the number of rental permits issued over the last four years due to relaxation of rental permit requirements as part of Government’s initiative to boost the economy.

Hire: In 2016, an additional 83 hire permits were issued as a result of the authority rearranging its application requirements to suit the market demand for hired vehicles to hotels and commercial business entities.

Minibus: There was a slight increase of 12 permits issued between 2013 and 2016. This was mainly due to the approval given for new permits to service the rural areas.

Carrier: The moderate change in permit issuance is because of the types of service provided in the carriage of passengers and goods.

Rural Service Licence: The authority has continued the issuance of Rural Service Licence permits aiming at providing transport services for rural dwellers as seen by the slight increase in permits issued

In the past three years, since 2016 Rural Carrier Licence remained at 171, with only a slight increase of three licences issued from 2013.

Road Route Licence: The total number of Road Route Licence registered is 185 for 64 bus companies as at December 2016

Mr Piantedosi said the transfer, sale and trade of permits won’t start until January 1, 2018.

“Those changes are in the provision which allows the sale of taxi permits transfers,” Mr Piantedosi said.

“Once you have a permit, you are able to transfer, sell or hire those permits from January 1 in 2018,” he said.

“The authority will not be directly administrating the sale of the permits.

“Our involvement would be making sure that the transfer or the person selling the permit registers the sale or transfer and the new owner. Our role is to administer the registry of the permits.

“The permit holder would have to notify the authority of intend to transfer or sale of permits and has to meet the required documents.

“The freeze period will be lifted from January 1, 2018 however there will be certain conditions for the issue of new permits.”

 

 

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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