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(SNO) — With the increase of the importation of used vehicles into the island, the Saint Lucia Air and Seaport Authority (SLASPA) has announced new procedures at the port when these and other vehicles that are being brought in.
Chief of Ports Police Kennedy Francis announced the new procedures at a press conference recently, pointing out that all vehicles leaving the port must be insured and registered.
“Being in discussion with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport Services, and they have indicated to us that they would like SLASPA’s cooperation on the enforcement of those laws,” he stated. “So essentially going forward some of the procedures at the port will change.”
According to Francis, all vehicles leaving the port will be issued with a sticker.
“Before you can leave the port, as part of the new procedures, you would need to go to Transport Board, register your vehicle, be issued with a registration sticker, issued with a license plate number, proceed to the production of those plates and for those plates to be affixed, as well as the sticker affixed to the windscreen, before your vehicle can leave the port,” he explained.
Meanwhile the police are pledging that the new procedures will be heavily enforced.
“Just to inform the members of the public, especially since Port Authority will be assisting in preventing vehicles from leaving the docks without a plate, if you are found without a plate or the vehicle is not registered, we would enforce the law by impounding that vehicle until you can rectify the situation, and taken to court for it,” Deputy Chief of Police Milton Desir said.