In an effort to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) which sees over 800 visitors a day in relation to licensing functions, the Authority will be implementing several measures with effect from Monday March 30, 2020.
These measures include temporarily suspending the renewal of expired drivers licences, granting new drivers licences, approving provisional drivers licences, and processing of conductor licences. This will last until June 30, 2020.
GRA will also temporarily suspend the processing of updates on motor vehicles registrations until June 30, 2020. These transactions will include duplicate registration, change of colour, change of intended use, change of engine, and change of seating capacity.
Also suspended for the same time period is the processing of transactions for renewal of Motor Vehicles Licences.
Further to this, GRA did note that it will continue to give priority for the processing of transactions for the renewal of expired drivers licences and duplicates for lost/ damage drivers licences, the processing of transfer of motor vehicle registrations, the processing of new registrations but auto dealers will be advised to lodge applications in bulk rather than individually. In this regard, GRA Commissioner General, Godfrey Statia has requested that Mr. Wayne Austin, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Licensing Officer make contact Traffic Chief, Mr. Linden Isles to work out the necessary modalities so that a joint statement to this effect can be made, and to ensure the Guyana Police Force takes no enforcement action on unlicenced motor vehicles and persons whose drivers licences will be expired during this period.
Statia gave a commitment that the Guyana Revenue Authority will continue to work in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force to ensure a smooth implementation of these measures.