Motorists are being urged to update and register their vehicles at the Ministry of Transport or face fines of up to EC$2,000 or the alternative of six months behind bars.
This is in light of recent discovery made by the Traffic Department of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) that hundreds of vehicles operating on the roadways are unlicensed and unregistered.
Chief Transport Officer at the Ministry of Transport Lennita Joseph said that some vehicles arrive in Saint Lucia and once they leave the port, a lot of them may never pass through the authority.
“So we are currently in the process of reviewing our process of ensuring that we capture every single vehicle that are operating on the roadways in Saint Lucia,” Joseph told HTS NewsForce.
The transport official said this amounts to thousands of lost revenue for the government.
Meanwhile, Inspector Denis Felix at the Traffic Department said that this poses a threat to national security, explaining that they are working closely with other agencies to address the issue.
Felix reminded that the Motor Vehicles Licensing Act stipulates that motorists are required to register their vehicle to legally operate on the roadways.
The inspector said the current policy has allowed thousands of unregistered vehicles to illegally operate on Saint Lucia’s roadways and persons have been reluctant to come forward.
Joseph said that the Transport Ministry is working to strengthen the policy to ensure that once a vehicle reach these shores and before they are cleared, they must have proper documentation.