DVL holding hundreds of uncollected plates

| 02/11/2017 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The RCIPS and the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing are urging drivers in cars that are still displaying temporary plates to go to the DVDL to get their new and secure replacement plates.  Although the government unit is behind on the goal to replace all plates with the new secure registration plate system, it says it now has two rooms filled with new plates that need to be collected. Police said no one should be driving with the paper plates in the interim, as all temporary plates now have replacement plates available at the DVDL. 

Cayman News Service

Replacement licence plates at the DVDL

“We actually have two rooms full of the uncollected plates,” said DVDL Director David Dixon. “To pick up the new plates, customers must bring their temporary registration plates, windshield coupon (if not expired), and log book to our Crewe Road office to receive their permanent plates.”

Over the course of last week, the RCIPS Traffic Management Unit conducted traffic operations across the island. Between Monday 23 October and Friday 27 October, police set up over ten roadblocks and speed traps and issued 78 tickets. Over half (40) were given for speeding, 17 were for tints and 15 tickets were given to drivers in vehicles that needed to be registered.

“These traffic operations are designed to increase the safety of the public by ensuring that the rules of the road are being followed,” said Inspector Ian Yearwood, Head of the TMU. “We all know that speeding is dangerous and puts other road users at risk, but illegal tint also creates unsafe conditions on the road for a number of reasons, and we are therefore stepping up our enforcement in this aspect as well.”

Drivers in illegally-tinted vehicles could receive a $150 ticket or be cited for a traffic offence that requires an appearance in court and the possibility of a $150-$2,500 fine. Police added that traffic operations are ongoing.

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  1. anonymous says:

    Goodness gracious me, “lazy backsides” 2.11am? Please exercise some respect for your Caymanian hosts. I grew up in the U.K., and a more reluctant bunch of lazy buggers in regard to standing up to any form of crappy service one would be hard pressed to find. They take anything lying down – and mumble “thanks” for it! Get real, man.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Of all the needs for CIG to spend money on…why this new plate system anyway?

    • anonymous says:

      I know, it’s wacko. My advice, based on 38 years of living here : if you want to retain your sanity, just don’t take it at all seriously, They agree with their sky being taken away and driving through a tunnel … just don’t think about it!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why was this done so half-assed to begin with? Why was there a period where these terribly laminated pieces of paper were issued at all? I’ve seen WAY too many cars on the road with not even the temp plates displayed. Again, government and their “efficiency”… If this was the plan all along, the old yellow plates should have been issued in the interim. I went to license my car the other day and they would not license it unless I brought them my old plates… EASY. If everyone was issued real plates (and not easily duplicated pieces of printer paper), when the inevitable time comes around that the car has to be licensed, THEN the plates are switched out. It’s a slower roll-out process, but it would definitely alleviate the annoyance of sitting at the DVDL more than necessary.

  4. Anonymous says:

    another civil service mess-up….time for some awards franz!

  5. Anonymous says:

    i was also told I would be called when my plates arrived. That was in July – no call from DVDL as yet! How then can they blame the public for failing to collect plates?

    • Anonymous says:

      Same here!!, I was also told that I would be called to collect my plates too back in April.

      I too have yet to receive a call from DVDL!

    • Anonymous says:

      Same with me. I licensed my car in mid October and I was told they would call me. That hasn’t been that long ago but the cops are going to stop me now and tell me (and probably fine me) that I can’t drive with my old plates?

  6. Anonymous says:

    First of all. I was told I would be called when my plate is ready to be collected.

  7. "Anonymousir" says:

    would be a great task for the police. i mean they probably have “their” hands tied. but! they could just stop cars with temp plates, issue a ticket for not having them changed by now. they only seem to be concerned about tint. while at these roadblocks, deal with the temp plate issue as well. You are the POLICE. so do POLICE work. Excuses me, since you do not have the proper plate put on your car by now, i have to issue you a $100/$150 ticket. its stupid to see cars still running around with no plates. it just leaves room for more crimes to be committed… SOLVE IT … its that simple.

    • Anonymous says:

      Except we were told not to come in before getting a phone call to say plates were ready! I guess someone dropped the ball there.

    • anonymous says:

      Maybe a little too simple. I’m not sure the police have the authority in the law to do what you suggest. Have the temporary plates somehow become invalid because the permanent ones are available? I don’t reckon so. What’s needed from the licensing department is a route to doing the swop that doesn’t involve spending 2 hours plus looking at two clerks instead of a full compliment of staff. The ball really is in their court in this issue.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I don’t want to take a days’ vacation to go and sit in a crowded room waiting for some bloody number plates. I’ll hand write my license number on with a marker pen.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yeah its a bit confusing because you cant just show up and change the plates. They have to call you first to let you know when they are available. That’s How I did mine.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Get off your lazy backsides and stop expecting RCIPS to do your work for you!! You ALL moaned enough about vehicle plates and they are in place now and you are moaning now because you have to pick them up?? Dear God! You’d never survive in the U.K. No one owes you a living people. Yes, it’s a pain in the backside to have to queue for anything and I can understand, I hate it too, but this is how it is all over the world. If you can’t attend this office any day between the times stipulated there’s something radically wrong with you. You haven’t got a door to door postal service like other countries. Maybe you should put that service request to your Premier.
    I’ve waited 2wks for a replacement registration log book for my car. They told me it would be 3 days! So there you go, delays are worldwide. Lack of staff is a common problem just like you see with one person attending to you all when there are several windows available………..a recruitment drive needed maybe?
    RCIPS and other Government bodies can only employ according to the funding received from Government. If the money isn’t available, no new staff can be put in place. Hence the constant queueing.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s this niggling thing called work! I can’t take a few hours off for lunch. I have at most 30 minutes by the time I get to the DVDL before I have to leave to get back on time.

    • anonymous says:

      If we “wouldn’t survive in the U.K.” how come you’re living over here, sportsfan? Maybe you got sick of queuing ………… but I love your stoicism and acceptance of things. An inspiration to us all.

    • Anonymous says:

      People with your attitude of accepting poor service are the same people that prevent improvement. In this modern electronic age queuing for poor service can be eliminated. Perhaps it is acceptable to you, but unless we voice our opinion on poor service, it wont change.

      • anonymous says:

        Indeed. What’s laughable about 2.11am’s appeal to reason (of a sort) is that folks in the U.K. are renown for reluctance to complain about poor service. I’ve interviewed several on this same issue, and nine times out of ten I’m missing a seat cushion afterwards.

  11. Phil says:

    By looking the picture…It proof the civil servants don’t give a rat ass to do their job properly..keep room tidy and it is fire hazzard!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Extension opening hours till 2000hrs, more people will go after work. Going there in daytime as pure hell!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Was there two weeks ago for my inspection… I got my new plates. The women behind the counter was going off how the LOCALS were refusing to get their new plates ……..
    Because there is always something to hide………..a Hello……..
    Do we not see the trend here…….how about the tint on most of the cars…….black as the night. I think about being a special constable just to go after all these assholes……..there are too many idiots during around this island that should be SHUT DOWN! Not hard to figure out.
    Every morning…..EVERY MORNING !!!!!!!!!EVERY MORNING!!!!,!,!
    Are you getting this ……EVERY MORNInG…….the idiot asholes thattake their and my life into account passing cars…..,.they should all be shipped off island.
    Every morning when I am driving to town there are multiple cars DANGEROUSLY passing cars…. I know the police know it…..they have to know….
    Why is nothing done???.?.. does no one care. What will it take. ??????
    A bus load of children to be run into and killed.????
    Maybe a family member of yours????
    Maybe a family member of one of our MLAs????
    Police should be parke along the highway every morning….sit there and wait…
    And when these multiple cars of persons who should not be behind the wheel of a car/truck/bus…whatever…..are driving like the assholes they are…. pull them over, take their license and cut it up,, and do not let them drive until they realize the implications of what they are doing. Most wont understand what implications means so it shouldn’t be long of a conversation……”…..duhhhhhh

  14. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry, I do not understand why this is a choice. All plates are being changed out. It there are plates for people to change to, then do it. If they do not chose to do so then impound there cars. Easy as that.
    Locals….. do not want to pick up thier plates…….. because they are criminal non law abiding toads that should lose their license, car, and freedom.
    Follow the law or be prosecuted. To that hard to do.
    And then there will be less cars on the road. Thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

      They said they call you first before pick up the plate!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Since everyone with a Cayman licence plate is a local in Cayman …

    • Anonymous says:

      Criminal, non law abiding because 1. I expect a right to privacy not to be tracked by the government; and 2. the government employee whose job it was to call and say the plates were ready has not done so after advising the public only to collect plates after being called failed to make such a call…? Dude…go read 1984 and Animal Farm.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Streamline the process CIG and people come and get them. I WAITED FOR FIVE HOURS TO PCIK MINE UP! How stupid can you be to expect people to conform when it’s being made to be difficult!! And as for tint; should be a $2500.00 Fine

  16. Anonymous says:

    Private sector workers making the civil service work difficult again.

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is crazy, drivers were told to wait until being called. I have been waiting for months!!.

  18. Anonymous says:

    They are open on Saturday’s actually. They called me and I went to collect my new plates. I have heard the press release on the talk shows and on the bulletin board.

    When I went there was no one else there to collect plates.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep they called me last Friday, turned up Saturday, whole place locked down, no one in sight, waste of an hour in the rain. No notice, no answer., no where to find out anything.

    • chicken says:

      How long did it take them to call? I have waited for my call since July….

  19. Anonymous says:

    Maybe we haven’t picked up our plates because we were told they would call when ready and not to show up before we received the non-existent phone calls. If someone at DVDL would answer the phone occasionally it might also help.

  20. Anonymous says:

    So, to sum up: a four day campaign total of 78 tickets spread over 10 roadblocks (a little less than two tickets per day per location) and 10 speed traps (averaging 1 ticket per day). Do the RCIPS figure that’s a reasonable conversion rate given the volume of offenders out there? How many of our 300+ officers were involved in this effort? Cost vs. Revenue?

  21. Anonymous says:

    They were supposed to call…at least that is what the last release from them said.. Are they no longer calling?

    • Anonymous says:

      This is what they said the last time I spoke with them after the police stopped me for the temporary license. Thanks DVL for your call. (smh)

    • Anonymous says:

      Dog ate my homework. Cheque’s in the mail. Someone was supposed to call me.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Maybe people don’t have 4 hours available between 8:30-4 Mon-Friday (For example they could have a job) to go sit at the DMV. (While 1 of the 7 windows is taking customers…)

    • Anonymous says:

      I received my call to pick up my plates last week. I re-licensed in July. No waiting as you just go to Customer Service..

    • Anonymous says:

      It took me three lunch hours using up the whole time without success. I then took a day off work and it took 1:50 minutes to re-license my vehicle. I got excited when the on line system was introduced, but it no longer works for me and after a year the department simply said they don’t know why it doesn’t work. It has become the biggest joke department of the whole of government.

    • Anonymous says:

      Drive another 10 mins to Breakers and you’re in and out in 5. Or, you can just pay the ticket you’ll be getting for being an idiot.

    • anonymous says:

      Excellent post – are the folks issuing these pleas to come in and spend hours during your workday living on another planet? What the heck is wrong with their brains?

  23. Diogenes says:

    A government Initiative is behind schedule, is this the part where we act surprised?
    Maybe people aren’t excited to be tracked for no good reason, cell phones are already easily traceable and what happened to all those CCTVs.

    Big brother is always watching, in our case big brother is also incompetent


    • Anonymous says:

      There isn’t a transponder sending your position to MI5, nor are there yet many readers to gather the limited info that can be read by RFID. Go get your plates like a good citizen please.

  24. Anonymous says:

    When your old system works fine go to a new, less useful and of course a more expensive system. Quite simple really and covered in the civil servants 101 course,

    • Diogenes says:

      You’ve heard the old saying: “If it ain’t broke, try to fix it anyway and completely fuck up the process”


  25. Anonymous says:

    Yes, hurry there and wait in line for 4 hours.

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