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Interim measures in place for drivers with work permits

GIS - Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Minister Vanterpool

Friday, March 9 – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark Vanterpool is announcing that that his ministry has implemented measures to facilitate the driver’s license renewal process for persons on a work permit.

According to Minister Vanterpool, persons in the process of renewing work permits will be issued a letter from the Labour Department. That letter should be taken to the Department of Motor Vehicles to complete the process and thereafter pending no other circumstances, the license will be issued.

The minister explained that his ministry is working closely with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour to implement this interim solution.

According to the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles, Ms. Lorna Christopher, challenges occurred when driver’s licenses expired before the work permits were processed.

“Since there was no physical work permit the department had to comply with the Road Traffic Regulations and could not renew the licenses,” Ms. Christopher explained.

An amendment made to the Road Traffic regulations in March of 2011 stipulated that “work permit or contract workers driver’s license may be issued for not longer than the permit or contract.”

Currently the Ministry is pursuing policy changes that would revisit this section of the law and make the necessary amendments to facilitate the process.

Government is committed through the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide efficient and accurate services in vehicle licensing matters and to promote drive safety in compliance with the road traffic legislation of the Territory.

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  1. March 14, 2012
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    So the moral of the story is: politicians like to talk a big game, but no one really has the cojones to change anything… :twisted:

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  2. Not2Sure
    March 13, 2012
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    So the moral of the story is: politicians like to talk a big game, but no one really has the cojones to change anything…

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  3. .
    March 13, 2012
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    From these comments expats asking for everything and do not want to give anything.

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    • Man Down
      March 13, 2012
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      What you want them to give?

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    • Albion
      March 13, 2012
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      They give nothing except for years of service and the attendant economic benefits, pay their taxes, pay their social security, rent local houses, eat in local restaurants, shop in local shops, contribue to local charities, work with local humanitarian causes, all whilst having as much abuse heaped on them as the system can possibly imagine simply because so many Belongers like to mindlessly hate everyone who is not born here.

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  4. Find Better Ways
    March 13, 2012
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    Minister Vanterpool please seriously consider removing this policy all together. We were told that this was initiated to help prevent persons overstaying their permit time on the island. If you were to consider the typical profile of the type of person who would remain on the island, unemployed (or with no valid work permit) I would expect that person would not own a car, would not need a drivers license and would not be inconvenienced by the law. The majority of expatriates that are coming in from the UK, USA, Canada, S.Africa are professionals and/or experts in their field. They would not remain on the island unemployed and avoiding Immigration. Please look to other more proficient ways to monitor your Immigration policies. Tying in Labor and Immigration computer systems would be a start. Run a monthly program comparing expiration dates of work permits against the length of stay approved by Immigration and then assign someone to follow up with these individuals in person. Surely this type of procedure makes more sense than trying to catch overstayers by taking away the convenience of allowing the expats a 3 year license to drive a motor vehicle in the BVI.

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  5. tyrst
    March 13, 2012
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    Happy Birthday
    ps You can not drive

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  6. Google
    March 13, 2012
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    The NDP is just as bad as the VIP. That system was implimeted by the VIP and the present Gov just adding more fire to the situation. I am so sorry for the expacts all the bad spending from the Government is the expacts paying off for it in petty so call policy.

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  7. expat
    March 11, 2012
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    And what will be the cost of that letter? About the same as it costs to have the “clinic” vet your medical from St. Thomas – $100. Which is the actual cost of having the medical done with doctor and lab.

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  8. .
    March 11, 2012
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    I agree about the bus service, then we could solve all the traffic and parking problems by limiting the number of vehicles permitted to be on the road. They do it in Bermuda and that island is well known as the cleanest and most well run of all.

    And no more derelict vehicles piling up making the place look like an eyesore!

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  9. Local Bus Service
    March 10, 2012
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    Bus service like St. Thomas and other countries will be a great help for people to get about. Then some expats may not bother with buying vehicles and facing the hassles with license.

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  10. SMH
    March 10, 2012
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    This is a frustrating situation. I am not looking forward to my birthday this June. That is when my 3 year driver’s license expires. My work permit is renewable in December. I guess that means I’ll be given a 6 month driver’s license and have to return again in December with a letter from Labor to be issued a one year license. I fail to understand why any of this is necessary. It’s a driver’s license for pete’s sake. If all this annoyance is being put in place to help catch the few persons overstaying their work permits this stupid policy will not help. The type of persons that remain here illegally will just drive without a license! They probably don’t even have a car to drive anyhow.

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  11. Proof
    March 10, 2012
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    So now instead of going to licensing once every three years to renew a driver’s license, and expat will need to go to labour, apply for a letter stating that his/her work permit renewal is being processed, return more than once to labour, because the letter will most definitely not be ready when it is supposed to be, and then take it to the DMV, hoping that whoever is serving you is aware of the new policy. That is really going to be very popular with all the trust companies, banks, and law firms who will be thrilled to see their highly paid top earners spending hours muddling through the red tape.

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    • dillinger
      March 10, 2012
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      “when you go to rome, you do what the romans do”

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      • Littlejohn
        March 10, 2012
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        Unless the Romans are bloody stupid!

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        • Bigmama
          March 11, 2012
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          Every time The BVI put policies in place they are being called names. Where ever one goes in the world there are going to be policies in place which will cause some level of inconvenience. I know people do not like change but changes will com so you all learn to accept that.

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      • expat
        March 12, 2012
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        Yes! But the Romans are not jumping through all of these “hoops”. It takes me back to the “Rasta Law” which the present government saw fit to remove from the books. However,that mentality still persists, where laws are for visitors only. That is why we see so many heavily tinted Lexus, etc. with perfectly valid DMV stickers attached.

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      • Priorities
        March 12, 2012
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        So, expats should also adopt discriminatory attitudes?

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    • The Checker
      March 11, 2012
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      Labour needs to check that you are paying your social security etc, It shouldn’t be an automatic renewal where you can get the work permit the other day!

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      • expat
        March 12, 2012
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        Yes! Pay that social security that you will never see a penny of. Who benefits from that now? Another rip-off!

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        • Is this true
          March 13, 2012
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          I was told years ago that when an expat leaves the country he/she can apply to be compensated the social security they’d be due if they were a belonger.

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          • BVI lawyer
            March 13, 2012
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            Yes it is true. But hardly any of them ever do. Which is one of the reasons why Social Security has so much money – all the expats pay in, but they leave and never claim.

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