Public protest against repercussions due to suspended license issuing

Protests at the Transport Authority | Photo: Open Source

Malé, Maldives – A group of the general public assembled in front of the Transport Authority building today, to protest against the repercussions faced due to the current suspension of issuing road vehicle operation liceses.

The protestors who were armed with posters and boards called on to the government to restart the issuing of licenses, even if it is as per the Health Protection Agency (HPA) guidelines, as well as to put an end to hefty fines charged for driving without a license.

The also criticized the delays in provision of other services of the authority, such as the several month long delays in receiving the license card after passing the requirements, as well as not being able to reach the authority via phone.

As per current regulations, operating a roadside vehicle without a valid drivers license would result in a fine of MVR 1,000, while not carrying a valid drivers license while operating the vehicle will result in a fine of MVR 750 even if a license has been issued in one’s name.

The issuing of license was suspended temporarily as a precautionary measure amidst the developing Covid-19 situation in the capital, and has not yet been recommenced as daily cases are yet to come down.