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The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is facing financial problems and is unable to carry out certain functions effectively.
Mr. Gregory Skelton, Acting Commissioner, DMV told legislators that money was a factor as the Department faces some tough difficulties in 2018 with respect to financing.
Speaking during the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) deliberations, Skelton thanked the Ministry Transportation, Works & Utilities for helping them out when they could have, but the department has four vacancies that needed to be filled.
He went on to lament that the Department was operating a deficit when it comes to customers coming in and leaving in decent time. Skelton explained that with the new 'SOS' System, the waiting time has gone from at least three to four minutes to over ten to fifteen minutes per customer.
This he said, highlighted the need to get posts filled.
The Acting Commissioner of DMV stated once the system is completed the department could get customers in and out in a timely manner.
In November last year, the public was asked to note that the new Point of Sale System at the Department is experiencing some technical difficulties and the public was urged to exercise patience while the situation is being remedied.
He went on to state that money was always an issue and every year the budget gets cut by 5% so sometimes they have plates that need to be purchased, ink and laminates to print driver's license.
Skelton stressed that last year was a real challenge because at present the budget was cut, but finance stated they did not cut it, but it was not what was sent.
He emphasized that this was a real challenge in 2019.