There are no new procedures for music trucks, being used for Carnival, to get approval from the Licensing Authority, according to Transport Commissioner Basdeo Gosine.
In a telephone interview with Guardian Media on Thursday, Gosine said: “Over the years, we have a long established procedure to deal with that issue and that procedure has not changed since I assumed office.”
According to Section 49 of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act:
“No musical instrument shall be played, no noisy instrument shall be played or operated in any motor vehicle, whilst in motion, except on the written permission of the Licensing Authority; and any person who plays or operates any such instrument in contravention of this regulation and the driver of the vehicle who permits such an instrument to be played or operated is each guilty of an offence against this regulation.”
“This regulation has been enforced for quite a while and we have given permission over the years with the same procedures. We have not changed,” Gosine said.
Earlier this week a message began circulating around social media that claimed persons with music trucks were being given a “run-around” by license office when trying to seek the requisite approvals.
One man complained that he was instructed to load the music equipment on the truck and bring it in for inspection.
This claim has baffled Gosine as he told Guardian Media he is yet to receive any applications with regard to music trucks.
The National Carnival Commission set up a one-stop shop at its Queen's Park Savannah office to deal with applications for people seeking special permits to operate vehicles on restricted Carnival routes. Officials from both the Police Service and Licensing Authority were on hand to facilitate the process.
- by Rishard Khan