October 05, 2018

TRANSPORT AUTHORITY SAYS INCREASED APPLICATION FEES TO COVER UNUSUAL ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS ASSOCIATED

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
1. Question: How do I add a name to my Road Licence?

Answer: You are required to fill out an Addition/Removal of Name Form obtainable at the offices of the Transport Authority along with other specific requirements. For further details please contact our Licencing Officer before making your application.

2. Question: How can I remove a name from my Road Licence?

Answer: You are required to fill out an Addition/Removal of Name Form obtainable at the offices of the Transport Authority along with other specific requirements. For further details please contact our Licencing Officer before making your application.

3. Question: Can my Road Licence be taken over by an individual who has an interest in my Road licence?

Answers: Yes, this request is called a Takeover Service and is only available to owners of Rural Stage Carriage Licences or Route Taxi Licences.

You are required to fill out a Takeover Service Application Form obtainable at the Transport Authority offices.
For further details regarding Rural Stage Carriage Takeover Service, please contact our Licensing Officer before making your application.

For Route Taxi Takeover Service, please contact your Taxi Association Representative before making your application.

4. Question: Why am I not refunded the total amount of money that was paid for a Road Licence?

Answer: A portion of all monies paid to the Transport Authority called the Application Fee is non-refundable due to processing your transaction.

5. Question: Do I have to wait until March 31st of every year before my Road Licence can be renewed?

Answer: No. The Transport Authority has made the provision for all Road Licences to be renewed before the expiration date. The licencing renewal period usually begins in Mid-February of each year and your Road Licence will be valid until the following year March 31st. For information on the specific date for renewals each year please contact the Transport Authority.

6. Question: Can I sell my Road Licence?

Answer: No. Road Licence holders are not authorized to sell their Road Licences.

7. Question: Should my vehicle be taken to the Lakes Pen Examination Depot before I can apply for the renewal of my Road Licence?

Answer: Yes, in the case that you are a Public Passenger Vehicle applicant.

8. Question: Why is it required of me to pay the licencing fees for all the years that my Road License has not been renewed in the case that I want to now renew it?

Answer: Back-Year Charges apply when a Licence holder has been operating without renewing their Road Licence. Whenever a Road Licence is not currently in use it is required that the licence be surrendered, otherwise one will be required to pay all fees for the amount of years the licence was expired if you wish to renew said Licence.

9. Question: Why am I required to pay the full fee for my Road Licence whenever amendments are being made to my road Licence?

Answer: Those are the processing charges based on the Company’s policy.

10. Question: Can I use the money that is to be refunded to me to process another transaction at the Transport Authority?

Answer: Yes. For further details please contact our Accounts Department.

11. Is there a specific age requirement for vehicles to be used as Public Passenger Vehicles?

Answer: Yes. At present, buses are required to be no older than 15 years while cars are required to be no older than 12 years, otherwise vehicles are required to do a Preliminary Inspection. It should be noted however that effective JULY 1, 2014 the following Vehicle Age Requirements will apply:
1. Renewal Applications: Where the age of the vehicle used for a Renewal Public Passenger Vehicle Road Licence application is as outlined below, a Structural Integrity Test will be required:

• Sedan/Station Wagon- twelve (12) years or older
• Minibuses- fifteen (15) years or older
• Mid-size Buses- fifteen(15) years or older
• Buses (Coaches)- twenty-five (25) years or older
The Structural Integrity Test is administered by the Island Traffic Authority (ITA).

2. New Applications: Vehicles used for NEW Public Passenger Vehicle Road Licence applications must conform to the schedule as outlined below:

• Sedan/Station Wagon- must be twelve (12) years or less
• Minibuses- must be fifteen (15) years or less
• Mid-size Buses- must be fifteen(15) years or less
• Buses (Coaches)- must be less than twenty-five (25) years

Only vehicles which meet the aforementioned requirements will be accepted for Road Licence applications as of July 1, 2014 and thereafter.

12. Question: What is an “L” Form?

Answer: This is the form obtained after a vehicle has been examined by an Examination Depot in case of a vehicle being used for the first time as Public Passenger Vehicle.
The receipt for this form is first purchased at a Tax Office near you.

13. Question: What is the cost for a road license for a vehicle?
Answer: As of February 2007 the following annual charges apply

Licence Type Total Cost(New) Total Cost(renewal)
Contract Carriage $16 600.00 $15 600.00
Hackney Carriage $15 000.00 $13 000.00
Route Taxi $15 000.00 $12 000.00
Rural Stage Carriage $3 000( per seat)
Annual inspection
$10 500.00
$3 000 (per seat)
Annual inspection
$10 500.00
Private Commercial Carrier $14 000.00 $14 000.00
Public Commercial Carrier $14 000.00 $14 000.00


Other Fees

Service Cost
Change of Vehicle , Inspection Fee & Sticker: CC $7 700.00
Change of Vehicle , Inspection Fee & Sticker: PPV $10 200.00
Re-issue of Temporary Road Licence $2 500.00
Reprint of Road Licence Full cost of licence


14. Question: How are storage fees calculated when a vehicle is seized?
Answer: The following charges apply.

Motor Cars Buses/Trucks
First Day $5 000.00 $5 500.00
Extra Day $1 000.00 $1 250.00


15. Question: What is the procedure for applying for a road licence?
Answer: Once you have determined the type of road licence you would like to apply for, you need to get the relevant application form from one of the Transport Authority offices or download it from our website at www.ta.org.jm. This should be filled out and submitted with the relevant documents and fee for the applicable type of licence.
16. Question: What kind of road licence do you apply for when you want to take children to school?

Answer: Persons who need a road licence to transport students to and from school, as well as persons who provide transportation on the basis of a contractual arrangement should apply for a contract carriage licence.

17. Question: What kind of road licence do you apply for when you want to transport goods?

Answer: Persons who need a road licence to transport goods should apply for a commercial carriers licence. There are two types of commercial licences: public carriers and private carriers.
18. Question: What is the difference between Public and Private Carriers licences?

Answer: Public and Private Carriers are the two types of commercial licences issued by the Transport Authority.
A Private Carrier’s licence is used for the carriage of goods for or in connection with any trade or business carried on by the owner.
A Public Carrier’s licence is used for the carriage of goods for hire or reward.

19. Question: What is the procedure for change of route or extension of the route?

Answer: Persons who wish to change the route on which they operate should first check with our Research Department to find out what routes are available. They should then write a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Transport Authority requesting a change of route or extension of route. The letter should also state the reason for the change or extension. The letter and a copy of the current road licence should then be submitted to the Transport Authority.

20. Question: What is the difference between a Hackney Carriage and Route Taxi?

Answer: A Hackney carriage is a vehicle used for carrying passengers for hire or reward (charter) and which stands or plies for hire on thoroughfares or places frequented by the public. The vehicle must have a seating accommodation for no more than four (4) persons (including the driver).
A route taxi is a public passenger vehicle which seats no more than ten (10) passengers and which operates as a stage carriage (plies a specific route).

21. Question: Can I operate with the receipt after submitting the application?

Answer: A receipt is NOT a road licence and therefore is not to be used as a basis for operating. A receipt is only an indication that the individual has made an application for a road licence. It does not mean that this application has or will be approved. Therefore persons operating with a receipt run the risk of prosecution.

22: Question: What are the opening hours of the Transport Authority?

Answer: Our opening hours are as follows:
Mondays to Thursdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

23. Question: How do I know what routes are available for Rural Stage Carriage and Route Taxi licences?

Answer: Persons interested in finding out what routes are available should contact our Research and Statistics Department at 926-8912 ext. 2010 or 2046.

24. Question: How do I surrender my road licence?

Answer: Persons who are no longer interested in having a road licence should write a letter addressed to the Transport Authority stating that they wish to surrender their road licence. This letter and the licence should then be submitted to the Transport Authority. The Transport Authority will then give the individual a letter addressed to the tax office to make the necessary adjustments to their registration. It must be noted that if the person who has surrendered the licence is interested in getting a road licence at a later date, he/she will be required to reapply for a licence.

25. Question: How do I apply for a road licence on a plan/concession?

Answer: Persons within the Tourism sector with the intention of operating a Contract Carriage may apply for a concession by writing a letter addressed to the Licensing Manager of the Transport Authority requesting the concession. The relevant application form, contract letter and documents along with a pro- forma invoice giving the description for the vehicle should also be submitted. A fee of $5000 is required for submission of the request. If approved, the applicant is then required to pay the full fee for that road licence.
Persons with a Contract Carriage or Rural Stage carriage Licence may apply for a change of vehicle on a plan prior to acquiring the motor vehicle. The applicant should fill out a change of vehicle form along with a pro forma Invoice: giving the description of the vehicle (make, model/seating capacity) the applicant intends to use in the system. The applicant should then purchase the vehicle and submit the required documents for the processing of new application for approval.

26. Question: How do I get a refund of my money if I am no longer interested in getting a road licence after submitting my application?

Answer: Persons who are no longer interested in getting a road licence after submitting their application may apply for a refund if the road licence has not been processed. These persons should complete a refund form at any of the Transport Authority Offices. This should be submitted with the original receipt received on payment of the application fee, must be submitted as well. The processing time for refund is 14 working days.

27. Question: What are the requirements for applying for road licences?

Answer: Requirements sheets and application forms may be collected at any Transport Authority office or may be downloaded from the Authority’s website at www.ta.org.jm.

28. Question: Are there guidelines for letting off and picking up passengers by Rural buses in the Kingston Metropolitan Region?

Answer: Yes cconditions are attached to all road licences issued by the Transport Authority. These conditions set out the guidelines for the operations of each class of public passenger motor vehicle. It is the Licensee’s responsibility to observe the conditions attaching to the road licence.
As it relates to Rural Stage carriages the following apply
• Condition #2 of the Stage Carriage Road Licence states that, “the approved stopping points at which passengers may be taken up and/or set down shall be such places as specified by the sign ‘Bus Stop’ or where no signs are provided at such places convenient.”
• Condition #10 of the Stage Carriage Road Licence states that the “ the Licensee shall observe and comply with the condition imposed by section 3 subsection 4 of the Public Passenger Transport (Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region) Act.”

Under sections 3(3) and 3(4) of the Act, no passenger carried on the [rural stage carriage] service [that is, on any route which is partly within the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region] shall be taken up at any point within the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region or not more than 440 yards of the boundary of that area and set down on the same journey at any other point within that area or not more than 440 yards of the boundary unless the Licensee has consented in writing to the taking up and setting down of passengers as aforesaid on such service. In light of the foregoing, the following obtains:
Rural Stage Carriages are allowed to take up passengers at the designated bus stops within the KMTR or within the prescribed boundary and set down the same passengers outside the KMTR;
Rural Stage Carriages are also allowed to take up passengers outside of the KMTR and set down the said passengers at designated bus stops within the KMTR.
All passengers taken up by Rural Stage Carriages within the KMTR are to be set down outside of the KMTR.