Parliament Joint Committee votes to nullify the Transport Authority Act

Joint Committee of Committee on National Development And Heritage and Committee on Decentralization | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – The Joint Committee of Committee on Decentralization and Committee on National Development and Heritage has voted to nullify the Maldives Transport Authority Act (Act no. 3/2016).

The joint committee voted to nullify the Maldives Transport Authority Act with 11 members voting for while 2 members voted against. With majority votes to nullify the act, the committee has now released a report to that effect.

The bill was presented by the Member of Constituency of Vaikuraidhoo, Hussain Ziyaadh on behalf of the government to strengthen the sea and road transportation in Maldives.

The government has planned to dissolve the Maldives Transport Authority through this bill and to transfer the employees in this company to the Transport Ministry of Maldives.

The decision from the government comes after several employees have complained saying that the there are conflicts in the jurisdiction of the Maldives Transport Authority and Transport Ministry of Maldives, delaying the services being provided to the residents.

President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had earlier announced on March 10th that the Maldives Transport Authority will be dismissed in the near future. He assured all the employees that although the company will be dismissed, no employees working in the authority will have to incur any loss as the government will provide employment opportunities for them.