Three Hours Required To Renew Driver License

driverslicenseFor sometime we have listened to Barbadians as they recounted unbelievable stories when they had to renew their driver license. We all know that the Barbados Licensing Authority has finally put a system in place to convert the old system of the book to one of a credit card type driver license. No doubt the government is taking the opportunity to update its database, all good. So what has gone wrong with the execution of this project? Why is it taking most Barbadians 3-4 hours to renew a driver license. In some cases Barbadian drivers have had to return multiple times to complete the exercise. We have heard stories of Barbadians applying for a vacation day to renew their license because of the length of time it takes to complete the exercise.

It is easy to criticize government employees at the Barbados Licensing Authority, but is it fair to do so? Barbadians can go to the Pine, Oistins, Holetown and old National Insurance Board to renew driver licenses. The Old National Insurance Board location is setup to receive payments only i.e.drivers using this location have to visit the other three to complete the exercise.

From observation it is obvious that the system is inadequately designed and becomes easily overwhelmed by the flood of Barbadians who need to renew licenses on a monthly basis. Yet another government project where tax dollars have been used to install a poorly designed project, remember EDUTEC?

It is unfortunate that despite the many public cries by Barbadians the management at the Barbados Licensing Authority has not seen it necessary to respond. There is the opportunity for the Chief Licensing Officer, Permanent Secretary or Minister John Boyce to issue an official response. Human beings and in this case Barbadians don’t deserve to be treated like cattle.

Why the silence? Why has the ministry not seen it fit to mobilize additional sites to renew licenses given the poor performance of the project to date? Minister John Boyce the engineer must be aware of the importance of evaluating any project to incorporate feedback into improving the original design. Why is it that the design flaws in the current system have not been corrected?

We have touched on design flaws in the project.

How many people are aware that they need to travel with their National Registration Card to successfully complete renewal same day? How many Barbadians who visit the Pine, Oistins and Holetown are not told that because of the frequent crashes to the system a backlog of drivers who have to return to complete the renewal process occurs. In those cases people who return to complete the task are processed ahead of those waiting. Is it too much for the government employees to routinely communicate challenges being experienced to Barbadians waiting in line? It is obvious that Oistins, Pine and Holetown are part of a  computer network which continues to experience massive communication challenges accessing the host. In the case of Holetown the problem is acute given the challenge of relying solely on Cable & Wireless in the absence of a back-up communications link, serious thought should be given to closing the Holetown location if there is no plan to make the communications link more robust. Finally, some of the government employees working with the ‘system’ need to be retrained and the back-ups rotated in the jobs to respond to the high level of absenteeism in this department.

Our observation about this matter was motivated by feedback by someone close to the BU household. We invite those in the know to help us to understand if we are fair in our assessment.

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57 Comments on “Three Hours Required To Renew Driver License”

  1. 199 November 6, 2008 at 5:03 AM #

    Admittedly, I don’t live there but it’s difficult to image why one should need to renew one’s driving license. Does one get less experienced of driving with time, or more!!

    Anyhow, do u think it takes Thompson that long to renew his? I doubt it very, much!! Come on, Thompy!! Get ur civil servants to ‘get their finger out’ and improve their level of efficency!!

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  2. Sundowner November 6, 2008 at 7:02 AM #

    You renew your license to give the Government money every year!!
    In all fairness my husband renewed his at Holetown in September and it took half an hour

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  3. Ian Bourne November 6, 2008 at 7:32 AM #

    I was at Pine from 9:00 and got out 11:45 am. The camera was not working at first and I had to show my ID every step of the way – Why? Would I pull a switch with an Al-Qaeda member at the last minute?

    I paid for 3 years as usual, but now it’s plastic does that mean they waste more material to create a new one for me in 2011?

    Would not a magnetic strip have the data of how long I had it, how long I paid for and when it’s due again?

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  4. David November 6, 2008 at 7:46 AM #

    We agree that expiring the cards is a revenue generating measure but also the government needs to find ways to feed the army of occupation.

    The feedback about people getting out has become rare as the system as become more unstable.

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  5. Peltdownman November 6, 2008 at 8:27 AM #

    Even worse than having to wait so long to renew a licence is that the Licensing Authority are combining driver’s licence renewals with vehicle registration renewals in the same line. The vehicle registration renewal takes about 3 minutes, yet on Monday of this week, I waited 1 hr 20 minutes to renew mine. Driver’s licences should be a dedicated operation and separated from all other of the Authority’s operations. Once a plastic licence is issued, it should be valid until the age of 70, when the owner would need to be re-tested, as in the UK, where they found that the cost of re-issuing licences outweighed the revenue gained from it. Finally, whilst you cannot blame the staff for the system, there is a definite air of indifference by the staff to the suffering of those waiting in line. as for the lady whose husband took only 30 minutes at Holetown, madam, please let us know which day of the week and the time of day. I have given up on Holetown, with lines stretching out of he door.

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  6. Technician November 6, 2008 at 8:50 AM #

    @ Peltdownman….

    How about Oistins? I dont see these long lines there at the times I pass through.

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  7. The People's Democratic Congress November 6, 2008 at 8:58 AM #

    We sympathize in every manner with those persons in Barbados who have to endure long waits in order to complete the process of the renewal of their driver’s licenses at any designated Barbados Licensing Authority locations.

    The fact of the matter, though, is that this long waiting in lines has been happening for many, many years at the Barbados Licensing Authority – which in itself is no excuse for these long waits. Such long waits in lines NOT ONLY applies to the renewal of driver’s licenses, BUT ALSO relates to paying for learner driver’s permits, temporary driver’s licenses, vehicle registration, inspections for vehicles on particular days, among other things.

    The point is that this long waiting is so damnedly a function of excessive bureacracy in the Public Service of Barbados!! And, so problematic it is – excessive bureaucracy – that the introduction of technologies will NOT SOLVE the problems that is has caused; remembering, too, that bureaucracy has its own postive and negative culture.

    The introduction/maintenance of technologies will in so many instances (not all ) only serve to make many of these bureacratic problems worse, since there is also an entire level of bureaucracy that itself must relate to the implementation and maintenance of these technologies, and since these things altogether carry their own problems.

    So, while there is an absolute need for the continued use of technologies in the governmental system, such use will ONLY be favourable when productivity, cost, and other effeciencies are realized. What has been seen, though, is that DLP and BLP Governments over the years have been stupidly introducing and maintaining technologies in the Public Service, for the simple sake of increasing the size of Government and giving away contracts to private sector groups. Such is so stupid!!

    Finally, the fact is that this present entire licensing system would have long been a British colonial system set up to, et al, unnecessarily wickedly control people in Barbados, to demonically steal portions of the incomes of the relevant people and businesses in Barbados, and to asininely make government bigger and more unwieldy. Surely, a future PDC Government SHALL SCRAP SUCH A WICKED AND EVIL LICENSING TAXATION SYSTEM, and put in place a regime whereby:

    1) THERE SHALL BE THE ABOLITION OF THE BARBADOS LICENSING TAXATION AUTHORITY, AND IN ITS PLACE A STATE VEHICLES AND DRIVING STANDARDS INSTITUTION FOR ENSURING ALL SUCH PROCESSES AND ARRANGEMENTS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR THE MAINTENANCE/EVOLUTION OF A SOUND MOTOR VEHICLE AND DRIVING CULTURE IN BARBADOS ARE IMPLEMENTED AND/OR CONTINUED;

    2) THERE WILL BE NO REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES WITH ANYBODY, NATURAL OR LEGAL. BUT, INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP OWNERS OF VEHICLES MUST BE ABLE TO PROVE OWNERSHIP OF THEM, WHEN REQUIRED TO DO SO FOR PURPOSES OF LEGALITY, FOR PURPOSES OF TRANSACTING BUSINESS, OR FOR ANY RELEVANT, REASONABLE PURPOSES; whereby,

    3) THERE SHALL BE THE SCRAPPING OF THE PRACTICE OF INDIVIDUALS HAVING TO GET LICENSES IN ORDER TO DRIVE VEHICLES ON THE ROADS IN BARBADOS. WHAT SHALL HOWEVER HAPPEN IS THAT THE NORMAL PROCESS OF ACHIEVING ( INCLUDING TESTING FOR ) REASONABLE COMPETANCE IN DRIVING SKILLS SHALL REMAIN UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE STATE MOTOR VEHICLE AND DRIVING STANDARDS INSTITUTION, AND WILL BE REQUIRED FOR PERSONS OVER 15 YRS AND 364 DAYS OLD.

    HOWEVER, IN THAT CASE, NO LICENSES SHALL BE GRANTED BUT A LIFE CERTIFICATE IN DRIVING COMPETANCE ISSUED BY THE STATE MOTOR VEHICLES AND DRIVING STANDARDS INSTITUTION TO THE SUCCESSFUL DRIVERS ( WHICH WILL BE FREE OF COST TO THE BEARERS) IN THE COUNTRY, WHATEVER TYPE OF VEHICLES COACHED ON. BEARERS OF SUCH WILL HAVE TO ROVIDE THEM FOR PURPOSES OF LEGALITY, FOR PURPOSES OF THE CARRYING OUT OF RELEVANT BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS, OR FOR WHAT OTHER RELEVANT, REASONABLE PURPOSES. EXISTING HOLDERS OF DRINING LICENSES IN BARBADOS WILL WHEREVER REQUIRED BE GIVEN REPLACEMENT LIFE CERTIFICATES.

    ALSO, THERE SHALL BE NO CAUSE FOR RENEWAL OF THAT CERTIFICATION, AND, AS SUCH, THERE SHALL BE THE ABOLITION OF THE PROCESS OF RENEWAL OF LICENSES, AND TAXES THEREBY EXTRACTED BY THE STATE; whereby,

    4) THERE SHALL BE FOR MASS TRANSIT AND OTHER TYPES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES, A REGIME WHEREBY THE OWNERS/AGENTS SHALL ONLY HAVE TO HAVE THEM LISTED WITH THE STATE VEHICLES STANDARDS AND DRIVING INSTITUTION FOR PURPOSES OF SOLELY IDENTIFYING AND SIGNIFYING THE PRODUCTIVE BUSINESSES THAT THESE VEHICLES WOULD BE INVOLVED IN. BUT, NO KIND OF LICENSING/REGISTRATION SYSTEM OR RENEWAL OF SUCH SUCH APPLY TO THEM ALSO. HOWEVER, JUST LIKE OTHER TYPES OF VEHICLE OWNERS, THEY SHALL HAVE TO PROVE OWNERSHIP OF VEHICLES FOR PURPOSES OF LEGALITY, FOR PURPOSES OF TRANSACTING RELEVANT BUSINESS, OR FOR WHAT EVER RELEVANT, REASONABLE REQUIREMENT; AND

    4) THERE SHALL CONTINUE THE PRACTICE OF THE INSPECTION OF VEHICLES IN BARBADOS FOR PURPOSES OF MAKING SURE THAT REASONABLY GOOD WORKING AND FUNCTIONING VEHICLES ARE KEPT ON THE ROADS OF BARBADOS. SUCH LOCAL BUSINESS SHALL BE THE BUSINESS OF THE STATE VEHICLES AND DRIVING STANDARDS INSTITUTION. AS SUCH, WITH THE CONTINUED GROWTH IN VEHICLES ON ROADS IN BARBADOS THERE WILL BECOME ADDITIONAL INSPECTORATES OF THAT INSTITUTION SET UP IN ST. PHILIP AND IN ST. PETER. IT WILL BE THE BUSINESS OF INSTITUTION AND ITS INSPECTORS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL VEHICLES ARE ROADWORTHY AND REASONABLY MAINTAINED IN BARBADOS, AND USING EVERY RELEVANT MEANS NECESSARY.

    So, there you have it, such initiatives will be part of the reasonable and drastic reduction in the size and cost of government, and therefore making government more effecient under a future PDC Government, and, as such, will therefore assist the country in making sure that money is as much as possible channelled towards productive purposes in the country. Too, LICENSES ARE FOR DOGS, NOT HUMAN BEINGS.

    PDC

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  8. David November 6, 2008 at 10:59 AM #

    @Ian Bourne

    You touched on an interesting point regarding the use of the National Registration Identification Card. It needs to be replaced. It is being abused and because it is not a tamper proof system it is very easy to produce fake ID’s.

    If the ID number is the empirical information being used to validate the info in the driver license database the BU household hopes that this database is being cross reference with electoral and immigration databases. We are comfortable with our sources that there is an a ID scam going on in Barbados.

    If we had to make the call we would have replaced the National Registration ID system first because this is the only true way to purge the fake ID’s currently in the system. We are fairly sure that many fake driver licenses are being issued as we speak.

    A case of misplaced priorities.

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  9. Donald Duck, Esq November 6, 2008 at 1:05 PM #

    The government appears not to have issued the legislation for the increases in the highway revenue charges such as on licensing cars. I was charged $901 the other day to licence my car when the budget said that the charge would be $900. Can anyone help as to when the legislation will be issued. Is it legal for the government to collect these taxes without having the relevant legislation in place.

    What has happened about the new tax on gambling. I thought it was being introduced at the beginning of this month?

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  10. heaven November 6, 2008 at 2:22 PM #

    My nephew recently went to Holetown to renew his license.After having paid, he was told to come back later because the photographer wouldn’t be in until 12pm.

    I was told by an employee at Holetown that the middle of the month is better for renewals because most people wait until monthend.
    Usually there is dedicated renewal line at Holetown but absenteeism makes it difficult to maintain.

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  11. David November 6, 2008 at 2:39 PM #

    @heaven

    That should have been taken care of in the project planning. The average Joe pays bills at the end of month when they are paid. So that the departments should be shuffling bodies to cater for the increase in traffice.

    Does anyone care?
    Do Barbadians care?

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  12. Knight of the Long Knives November 6, 2008 at 3:19 PM #

    It took me 4-5 five hours and two trips to get my done. I had to go back to get my passport since no one thought to inform the public they would have to bring id cards.

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  13. Carlos November 6, 2008 at 3:35 PM #

    While I appreciate all of the valid and reasonable comments, re the time it takes to renew a driver’s license, which certainly must be a tremendous stress and strain on those who work, etc., what’s going to happen when all ‘hell’ breaks loose in the not too distent future, and we all have to line up for ‘food’ etc,etc., for its sure going to come!

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  14. Anonymous November 6, 2008 at 3:55 PM #

    @ Knight of the Long Knives

    I too do not understand why one would need to carry a passport or local ID to get the new license.
    Shouldnt the old license be enough.
    My horror story is too long to recount.
    It involves waiting outside in the baking sun until 8:30 am when the door says that opening hours are from 8:15 and being sent from office to office.
    However, once things were smoothed out, the process ran pretty quickly.
    It took me two hours.

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  15. The Scout November 6, 2008 at 4:45 PM #

    When the man hours lose is compared to the money received from the license renewal it is in a negative. The other problem isthat the license holder has to go through the process every time there is a renewal. there should have been a method of renewing the same card and change the card every 10 yrs.I know of a few workers whose jobswere threatened because of the delay at the dept

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  16. Chris Halsall November 6, 2008 at 5:22 PM #

    @All…

    The “scientific moment” is generally not the “eureka” moment, but rather the observation of “that’s strange…”

    I note in the article above a presupposition that it is because of connectivity issues (damn that C&W) that the BLA’s offices are often having frequent “system problems” which are causing the consumers delay.

    While I think it is well known that I do not generally defend C&W, I do have to argue (as a consumer of many C&W services) that C&W’s heuristical performance (even on xDSL) could not explain what has been observed. (Including, by the way, by yours truly…)

    An observation: if you are dependent on a provider which is not well respected…

    And you yourself are incompetent…

    Is it not very easy to try to deflect your own incompetence by blaming your supplier? (Damn that C&W!!!)

    I therefore present (and am prepared to stand behind) the arguement that the BLA’s claim that their inability to service their customers in a timely manner is only their own fault (and, likely, incompetence).

    Counter statements?

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  17. Sargeant November 6, 2008 at 6:10 PM #

    Wait!!! Wuh happen to NISE? Is fast and efficient service not included?

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  18. Chris Halsall November 6, 2008 at 6:28 PM #

    @All… Please forgive me for this cross-posting…

    I asked this on another Blog here on BU. The silence has been deafening. I think it is an important question…

    Do we in Barbados have a Library?

    If not, is this not a national disgrace and embarrassment?

    Please advise.

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  19. Talks on Ice November 6, 2008 at 9:21 PM #

    Silence. That tense time between the pin being dropped, and the blank hitting the fan

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  20. Pat November 6, 2008 at 10:06 PM #

    Where I live we renew our car’s registration every year and our drivers license every five years. Both procedures are done at the same line. Clerks are trained to perform both functions. It takes me a few minutes, even with a line because they move fast. I always go the same day or the day before my bithday. Somehow, up here everything expires on your birthday.

    I would like to see them give eye tests in Barbados every five years or so. I know of a man, who would be considered legally blind in developed countries, who not only got a license in Barbados, but drives a vehicle for a living. This man has one eye. I always wonder how he passed his eye test. I also wonder about his pheripheral vision on the roadways.

    Only in Bim.

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  21. Chris Halsall November 6, 2008 at 10:36 PM #

    Quoting Laurie Anderson’s “Kokoku:

    “… And we say: Keep cool. Maybe if we pretend this never happened, they’ll all just go away…

    (FWTAIW. ROTFL…)

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  22. David November 7, 2008 at 12:09 AM #

    @Chris

    About the library what can we say? It is a situation which has gone past the point of comprehension. We should seek consolation in the fact that prominent social commentator and political scientist say swe don’t need a library because there is the Internet.

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  23. John November 7, 2008 at 1:55 AM #

    David

    I’ll tell you what is in the library and I have missed not getting the easy access that used to be available.

    Microfilms of past news papers!!

    Not sure how extensive but from what I saw, it is pretty extensive.

    … even the Advocate is on the microfilm.

    Even the old newspapers from the 1700’s and 1800’s are there.

    Suspect even Hansard might be available!!

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  24. David November 7, 2008 at 2:11 AM #

    @John

    Thanks for reminding us the importance of the role the library plays in society. Regarding research of the Advocate archives its a good thing we have the library because they have made a mess of their archives which was used by many for good research.

    Peter Wickham what are your thoughts?

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  25. Peltdownman November 7, 2008 at 2:20 PM #

    Ironic that a country that boasts such high literacy rates doesn’t even have a public library.

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  26. Chris Halsall November 7, 2008 at 2:46 PM #

    @David: “We should seek consolation in the fact that prominent social commentator and political scientist say swe don’t need a library because there is the Internet.

    You should *not* seek consolation here. This statement is profoundly and deeply stupid…

    While the Internet is an amazing thing, there is a great deal which is *not* available within. Including, for example, copyrighted books.

    Also, not everyone has immediate and unlimited access to the Internet… Additionally, Libraries are often where those without access to the Internet gain it…

    @John: “I’ll tell you what is in the library and I have missed not getting the easy access that used to be available. Microfilms of past news papers!!

    Indeed! And every single page of same! (Not just a few specifically chosen articles!)

    @David: “Regarding research of the Advocate archives its a good thing we have the library because they have made a mess of their archives which was used by many for good research.

    With all due respect David, you’ve made a fundamental error in your immediate above. As you yourself just said, we *don’t* *have* a *Library*!!!

    To support the very valid point John raised above, a Library generally contains information which is unique to its location. (Newspapers, Maps, etc.)

    Researchers have been known to travel across the world and live near a Library for months or years for this reason.

    Additionally, a Library will often contain books for loan to anyone interested, containing content and on subject matters not generally locally available.

    I, personally, hope to donate a large collection of Science Fiction, including the works of Asimov, Simmons, Stevenson and Gibson.

    IMHO, a Society without a Library is like a Fish without Water… Not likely to survive long…

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  27. General Lee November 7, 2008 at 8:12 PM #

    “prominent social commentator and political scientist say swe don’t need a library because there is the Internet.”

    That is not exactly what he said.

    If I remember correctly this was his vision:

    The library would be upgraded to embrace technology.

    Linkages to other libraries around the world, via the internet, would be available to the public.

    Digital archiving would be used more.

    Access to computers and the internet would be available to students and the general public who are not fortunate enough to have these at home.

    He also agreed that the current situation was a national shame.

    He is not all bad. :-)

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  28. Chris Halsall November 7, 2008 at 8:31 PM #

    Ah yeah. Here we go…

    Now the anonymous apologists step forward, trying to justify the incompetence…

    Those who wouldn’t know how to Telnet interactively the HTTP protocol if their life depended on it, are trying to rationalize and justify their “chosen” for having the “bigger picture”…

    Meanwhile, the People do no have access to that which is their right…

    IMHO, put off the “ideal”, and deal with the simple and immediate. Once you’ve successfully done the latter (read: open the f’ing Library), *then* you can attempt (and likely fail at) the latter…

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  29. Chris Halsall November 7, 2008 at 8:43 PM #

    Whoops… My Bad…

    In the Geek: s/done the latter/done the former/

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  30. General Lee November 7, 2008 at 9:02 PM #

    “Now the anonymous apologists step forward, trying to justify the incompetence…”

    Is he imcompetent for stating what he would like to see?
    Does correcting a misrepresentation make me an apologist?

    The man has nothing to do with the library.
    You can be a real pussy sometimes.

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  31. Chris Halsall November 7, 2008 at 9:40 PM #

    @General Lee: “You can be a real pussy sometimes.

    Yeah. I can be. I’ve also been told I’m not much fun at parties…

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  32. Bonny Peppa/Ms.Obama November 7, 2008 at 11:05 PM #

    General Lee,
    Ya had me cracking up…….
    So what is he when he isn’t a ‘real’ pussy? A dildo? Ya had me ‘crying’.

    I went to Holetown to renew my licence and if this is progress we could as well ga back to de donkey-cart and dung-basket. Jesus Christ man. I spen’ ’bout three or more hours in line. And I only pay for a year cause I don’t know if I got 3yrs to live. I hope dat by nex’ year dese people got dis ting under control cause now it is bare shite. G.I.S or Giggard and Boo better put a little skit on de TV bout um so dat de average Joe, not Joe de Plumber, would got some idea a wha’ really to expect when he /she get down there. Too time-consuming man to get a piece a plastic shite do. The same way that they have Tax clinics hither, thither and yon to ease the squeeze and human traffic they could have Licence clinics too all ’bout de place in an organized manner, again to ease de squeeze. I don’t know how feasible that would be, but shite man, something got to happen.
    Diabetics better take along something to eat or you could be in some trouble.
    Not good enough a’ tall.

    P.S: The staff at Holetown is very courteous though.

    Hi Scout.
    P.S

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  33. .22 November 10, 2008 at 1:29 AM #

    It’s a real headache to renew my driver’s permit at the Pine after passing my driver’s road test and it took practically 2 hours to wait till I finally reached an available window.

    It would grow worse in the upcoming years if the Licensing Authority didn’t propose on extending the pay building and refurbish to suit the growing influx of people wanting to renew their licenses and also have themselves be more efficient.

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  34. Chris Halsall November 10, 2008 at 5:39 PM #

    @David… A wild question…

    Do you (or anyone in the BU Household) happen to know who is the Minster responsible for the Library?

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  35. David November 10, 2008 at 5:45 PM #

    @Chris

    Minister Steve Blackett

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  36. Knight of the Long Knives November 11, 2008 at 2:09 PM #

    I remember once i lost my driver’s license. Had to go file a police report. Fill out a form at the pine come back a week later. They gave me it told me to walk over to the other section to get it stamped or signed or some crap and bring it back. Imagine I have to leave my work place to pick it up walk across the yard in Licensing Authority to get a book stamped to bring back to them. I looked at it, it looked fine to me didn’t see anything missing so I left and never went back. Renewed it and no one missed whatever stamp was supposed to be missing.

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  37. Bonny Peppa November 11, 2008 at 9:12 PM #

    Knight of the long knives

    You should rename yaself Evil Knievil. (Hope I spell de name rite)

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  38. Knight of the Long Knives November 12, 2008 at 10:34 AM #

    Bonny Peppa. I don’t suppose you are know as Bonny and Clyde elsewhere?

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  39. Bonny Peppa November 12, 2008 at 9:09 PM #

    Knight of the Long Knives,

    No please, not acquainted with any Clydes. I ‘hautttt’ (meant to spell hot) like a bonny peppa. Dat is only my opinion though. Can’t blame a gal fa blowing she own trumpet or sax. Can ya?
    By de by, I luvs a lot a de names on BU. Sometimes de names mek me ‘crak -up’.
    Ya likes ma?

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  40. Knight of the Long Knives November 13, 2008 at 3:39 PM #

    Well Bonny thought I knew you but guess not. I call it like I see it and seems you do too. Cheers!

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  41. Pat November 13, 2008 at 7:59 PM #

    Bonny Peppa.

    For a while there, I thought you were my cousin who goes as “Bonny Peppers”. She came by it legit. Her Dad’s nick name is Bonny and she and he red (hair and all) like a ripe pepper. lol

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  42. heaven November 13, 2008 at 8:32 PM #

    I went to Holetown to renew my license today and it only took twenty minutes .When I arrived only two people were ahead of me and when I finished there was one person in the line.

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  43. Bonny Peppa November 13, 2008 at 8:37 PM #

    Hi Pat,
    Pleezed to meet’cha. All is well?
    My name is legit too.(chuckles)
    Like I told Knight of the Long Knives (what a name) I am hawwtt like a real bonny peppa. An ol’ bonny peppa doe, swibbly and all but still hawttt.
    Ya likes ma?

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  44. Bonny Peppa November 13, 2008 at 8:43 PM #

    Heaven,
    You got to be a lucky star. Buy some lottery tickets. Twenty mins? Chawww.
    But I was told that if you go early or in the middle of the month, it is not as bad.Most people, like moi, like to stretchhhhhh my expiry date. Ya sight? Some call it cheap, I call it ‘careful spending’. There’s a difference. Agree?
    I was told this after going down to Holetown and thawing out for what seemed like a life-sentence. Congrats my friend.
    Ya likes ma?

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  45. Pat November 13, 2008 at 9:48 PM #

    Bonny Peppa,

    You hail from St. Joseph or what. hahaha.

    Yuh too funny. I also renew my license on the day of expiry, which is my birthday. If it falls on a weekend, I renew on the following Monday. lol! I also only renew for one year. Why pay for two or three when I can keep that money in de bank and make interest?

    Muh likes yuh!

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  46. Bonny Peppa November 14, 2008 at 5:23 PM #

    Pat,
    I hailses from Rotten Town (wherever dat is) not St. Joseph.But yes, I sweets.
    Yuh likes muh? Glad to hear. My dog likes muh too.
    Ya likes ma?

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  47. Chris Halsall November 14, 2008 at 5:53 PM #

    @Bonny Peppa…

    Distraction… Incompetence… Useless crap…

    Business as usual…

    Welcome to Barbados. Enjoy your stay…

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  48. Bonny Peppa November 15, 2008 at 7:16 PM #

    Chris Halsall,

    Ya lost me day. Wah ya trying to tell me?

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  49. Pat November 16, 2008 at 12:06 AM #

    Bonny Peppa

    Dont bother wid Chris. He fahrain. From Canada. ‘e doan unnerstan we yet. ‘e in learn tuh adapt ‘n adopt. ‘e doan even speek de lingo.

    muh likes yuh!

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  50. Bonny Peppa November 16, 2008 at 12:31 PM #

    Pat,

    Awrite, I in gun worry wid he den. He preambles had me in real trouble yah. I mean Chris Halsall.
    Ya likes ma?

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  51. jonathan avildsen March 21, 2009 at 6:22 PM #

    how easy is it for me to get a barbados driving licence? do you need proof of address or a visa?

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  52. David March 21, 2009 at 6:38 PM #

    If you are a tourist you will need your ticket and passport.

    If you are an ex-pat you will need to present your work permit details to the government department responsible for issuing the National Identification Card (NIC).

    You will need the NUC to present to the government department responsible for issuing drivers licenses.

    Thinks that’s how it goes!

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  53. Wishing In Vain March 21, 2009 at 8:11 PM #

    Knight of the Long Knives aka royal mubbles aka Sylvan Greenidge,

    Are you trying to fool the public into believing that you are smart enough to qualify for a drivers license???

    Man give us a break, you are not that smart. Actually you are brainless at best.

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  54. Donald Duck, Esq January 3, 2010 at 2:01 PM #

    Can anyone say if the process of renewing your licence has speeded up?

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  55. me November 6, 2010 at 10:52 AM #

    If you went to the Dept of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Brooklyn, you would stop complaining about Barbados.

    Bajans are a Nation of Complainers.

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  56. me November 6, 2010 at 10:56 AM #

    Pat and Bonny Peppa, I hope you know how to write/speak proper English if/when the occasion arises….somehow I don’t think so.

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  57. Dwayne January 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM #

    I aggree. Many times over I too have had countless problems with the shoddy way in which you are treated in the govt depts.they have the mentality that they must treat you as they wish but when you voice your opinion,you are forced to wait extra time. Only because they think they have you by the lower regions. It is unfair how govt workers are very laid back ,and carefree,but we as bajans have encouraged it for so long that it has no way on being rescued

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