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Police & DMV crackdown on hurricane damaged vehicles; hands tied, it’s the law

- Department of Motor Vehicles suspends issuance of new drivers license because of bad roads in Virgin Islands
December 4th, 2017 | Tags: Kye M. Rymer DMV damaged vehicles license bad roads
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has been giving tickets and warnings to vehicles they deem unsafe to drive, many of which were damaged by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
The Department of Motors Vehicles (DMV) has suspended the issuance of new drivers’ licenses until the road conditions in the Virgin Islands are improved and made safe enough to conduct proper road and cone testing. Photo: VINO
The Department of Motors Vehicles (DMV) has suspended the issuance of new drivers’ licenses until the road conditions in the Virgin Islands are improved and made safe enough to conduct proper road and cone testing. Photo: VINO
Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Mr Kye M. Rymer has stated that his Department ‘continues to issue drivers’ licenses for persons who possess overseas drivers’ licenses. Other services include vehicle inspection and licensing, vehicle registration and transfer, driver’s license renewal, issuing license plates.’ Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Mr Kye M. Rymer has stated that his Department ‘continues to issue drivers’ licenses for persons who possess overseas drivers’ licenses. Other services include vehicle inspection and licensing, vehicle registration and transfer, driver’s license renewal, issuing license plates.’ Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) continues its crackdown on the roads by giving tickets and warnings to vehicles they deem unsafe to drive, such as those that have no seat belts, broken front and rear view mirrors and lights, severely disfigured, and pose a danger to other motorists, the Department of Motors Vehicles (DMV) has weighed in.

Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 some sixty percent of all vehicles, including rentals and some heavy equipment, were damaged or destroyed.

Many motorists, because of lack of choices, have been traversing the roadways in the Territory with vehicles that cannot be insured because of missing mirrors, lights, broken back and side glasses and makeshift roofs.

Another challenge with the already damaged automobiles is the extremely poor conditions of the main and secondary roads. To this end, the Commissioner of the DMV, Mr Kye M. Rymer, has announced via the Government Information Service (GIS) that, “we continue to promote road and driver safety in the Territory. In light of this, a decision was made to suspend the issuance of new drivers’ licenses until the road conditions improve and are safe enough to conduct proper road and cone testing.”

It is unclear what this decision will do to the already struggling economy, as prospective drivers are trying to get around and be productive.

However, Mr Rymer, told GIS that his “department is serving its customers although faced with challenges created by hurricanes Irma and Maria.”

While new drivers are out in the cold, the DVM boss stated that his Department "continues to issue drivers’ licenses for persons who possess overseas drivers’ licenses. Other services include vehicle inspection and licensing, vehicle registration and transfer, driver’s license renewal, issuing license plates," according to the press statement.

Crackdown on damaged vehicles; It’s the law!

While motorists are saying that it's taking longer than they thought to order parts for their vehicles or heavy equipment, as well as to collect insurance cheques or purchase a new car or even secure a rental, and that both the police and the DMV should be understanding post hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Commissioner said, “in the area of vehicle licensing, no amendments were made to the road traffic act and the DMV will continue to perform its duties as outlined in the law.”

In other words, he cannot entertain vehicles not road worthy, as government has not given him any flexibility via the laws.

Further, Mr Rymer said, “Leniency for damaged glasses except windshields, lights and bodily damages are given. Once customers present a valid insurance certificate, the vehicle is inspected and then licensed. If inspection fails, an inspection checklist form is given, indicating the defects.” Customers are also given the opportunity to have the defects corrected for re-inspection.

Everyone out of office

The Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) could not be reached for comments as his office reported that the Minister was overseas on official business.

Police Commissioner Michael B. Mathews is also reported to be overseas on official business.

28 Responses to “Police & DMV crackdown on hurricane damaged vehicles; hands tied, it’s the law”

  • ThePoor always suffer (04/12/2017, 14:43) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    What punishment will the insurance companies get for take so long to settle claims.? You cannot look at this situation in isolation
    • Me (04/12/2017, 23:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      You with the wrong insurer, my claim and a few of my friends done settle and cheques collected from the Insurer behind First Bank
  • wize up (04/12/2017, 15:15) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    police operating damaged vehicles on the public roads as well......is there now special laws for police ?? I thought the laws were aapplicable for gerneral public likewise police
    • @ wize up (04/12/2017, 17:45) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
      not in the bvi my friend, there are laws for we, laws for police and laws for the thieving politician
  • blah (04/12/2017, 15:20) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
    You all need to keep those hooptees off the road. Busted lights, busted mirrors you name it.
    • Marva (04/12/2017, 17:54) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ blah...you’re very insensitive to the reality of people’s suffering. Before the hurricane my vehicle was good. Now who can just go get another vehicle or fix the unplanned damage that was heaped upon us? You obviously have enough money to do better than most of us or you wouldn’t be so snide about it. We have not been given enough time and DMV as well as the police should at least give us until after New Years to catch our pockets. I will be able to have transport by then. As it is I use a wheelchair, now what???? This really isn’t fair and it breaks my heart.
  • ... (04/12/2017, 18:33) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    You are Lord of any and every situation, and in your hands we leave it all. Amen!!
  • See (04/12/2017, 18:44) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    And enforcing helmut laws and registrations is also the law but I guess we dont have the guts to do that . Meanwhile many of our leaders continue to take their first class trips on make believe " official " business . How about rebuilding roads and schools and homes ?
  • TO WIZE UP (04/12/2017, 18:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When you get your ticket(s) tell the magistrate about the police vehicle and see what happen Super Cop ain't ready for you all yet. Oh I heard the ticket book them fly away
    • wize up (04/12/2017, 22:48) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ TO WIZE UP: thanks however what I drive is brand new and fully covered until 2018(FYI) !!!! The same police should set a good example(them get 2 million dollars)....just saying(definitely nothing personal on my behalf)
  • bvi to the bone (04/12/2017, 19:09) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where do these ppl (police n kyle) get off with their loads of hogwash?! Have they thought about the wider implications of this to the continued suffering and stress to the people after the hurricanes?
    • 2 sides (06/12/2017, 05:14) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Have you thought about the implications if someone is knocked down and killed or seriously injured by a vehicle that is unlicensed? I don't think "sorry" would cover that hospital bill or ease the pain and suffering.

      It's three months now I think the grace period was long enough.
      • Bull (06/12/2017, 21:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @2 sides... bull crap. My vehicle is severely damaged and I have insurance so if an accident occurred, I along with the injured would be covered. Who says because our cars got dented or worse that we will have an accident? Think first Broken vehicles don’t mean we don’t have insurance.
    • Hih (07/12/2017, 01:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Kye
  • Think, (04/12/2017, 20:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It’s the law is no excuse. Duties were relaxed on building supplies and duties were the law. You have to work with people and the situation at hand. SS is supposed to be paid at the end of the month but none was paid in September or November even thou it is the law. Hope they make it up for Christmas.
  • NezRez (04/12/2017, 21:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    No they don’t give a rats behind because they have fat pockets and living high on the hog. Why do this before Christmas and wait until New Years? Just breaking everyone’s spirit. What will it hurt to wait another month? Our people in charge are heartless and I have lost all respect for them. This is how you treat your family in a time of crises? TRUE, go after the scooters who are always breaking the laws. I Hate this. Since the law have been made, can’t you look the other way until New Years? GOD help us all
  • wow (04/12/2017, 21:39) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them ain't got no license plates ... some people plates were blown away with Irma, they have one plate. DMV Is at fault and they even ain't licensing your vehicle even when you have everything else's and looking to purchase plates they don't have so the turning you back. NONsense.
  • Thanks to the Banks (05/12/2017, 03:52) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Must want to say a Big thank you to those Banks that offer us a 3 months loan break on our vehicle.. You all have done your community and humanitarian. It's our government that continue to fail us over and over. Where is the Minister on this Issue? This seems like a revenue move its sucking blood from the injured cow..
  • voter (05/12/2017, 07:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Election COME faster NDP must go and go Now
  • rock (05/12/2017, 07:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is DMW pretending that the roadways was such that the present situation is so terrible that new licenses can't be issued. Stop Your Shit! The roads always had pot holes! Stop retarding the damn government revenue. Have you heard any of the food or fuel suppliers stop selling because of the increase in garbage or air pollution? No way Jose!
  • Fresh Face (05/12/2017, 07:24) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I understand that the laws are there for a reason and we must obey them. If the Department of Motor Vehicles is demanding that I have my vehicle in a certain condition in order to have it licensed then may I humbly suggest that the Ministry of Communication and Works be requested to provide us the motoring public with roads that are safe to drive on? Fair is fair!!! Why should John Public be forced to spend money to fix vehicles then drive on our deplorable roads?? That doesn’t make sense to me.
  • Marie (05/12/2017, 10:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @fresh face... because John public has no power to fight the injustice. They can easily allow everyone to have a stay until New year's. Very disappointed with the way we have been treated after such tragedy. The pressure is too much. Saying we are Christian is just hogwash because on the heels of our savior's birth they are perpetrating heartless evil acts against the suffering people which is what they are not supposed to do. I am finished with listening to these phony people and will no longer support their Church. I will stay home and pray.... seriously. Can't look at their faces any more. DONE!
  • Grandmother (05/12/2017, 10:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have lost my faith in the government. Have been paying my taxes and abiding the law my entire life. This stunt they have pulled on us is unforgivable. They can give a stay until after Christmas. How did we become so heartless? I now believe there are fake Christians who are in office to fleece us and line their pockets with stolen money. Very very very disappointed.
  • barbie (05/12/2017, 12:11) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I understand that some people may not be able to fix their vehicles or purchase a new one at the moment but have you seen some of the vehicles on the road. Too many of them are not road worthy. Just yesterday, I saw one with a plywood for a back screen, the driver need someone to direct him while trying to reverse. He should not be allowed on the road with that. That's an accident waiting to happen. He should be made to take it off or stop driving the vehicle all together.
    • Fran (05/12/2017, 17:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @barbie..having wood as a back window is crazy, he could put clear plastic to see out of and wouldn’t be so noticeable. True, we cannot replace our vehicles so fast as though we had a hidden treasure chest. I agree that they need to give us all more time and this is plain common sense which they seem to be lacking.
    • hey (05/12/2017, 21:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree some vehicles damaged so bad they should not be driving. I hope the Police stop them.
  • hmmmmmm (05/12/2017, 15:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    LACK OF LEADERSHIP AND STOP HIDING BEHIND LAW. LAWS ARE NOT ABSOLUTE. SIMPLY JUST TELL THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE SIX MONTHS TO GET IN ORDER OR FACE FINES. PEOPLE HAVE TO ORDER PARTS AND WAIT FOR INSURANCE MONEY TO FIX THEIR VEHICLES.
  • Inez (05/12/2017, 21:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give us until New Years......PLEASE!!!!!!!


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