Inspections of public transportation vehicles starts on Wednesday

Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Telecommunications, and Transportation (TEATT).


GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Inspectorate of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT) has taken note of numerous motor vehicles operating in public transportation on the public roads that have in some cases sustained severe damage as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

It is the position of the department that safety in public transportation is of the highest priority and cannot be compromised.

Based on LBHAM Personenvervoer a vehicle cannot be put into [public transportation] service or reinstated into service without first being examined.

The same ordinance states that a vehicle of the public transportation permit holder shall be inspected on behalf of the Minister after every major repair, collision or accident, whereby damage was sustained.

Therefore, the Inspectorate, in partnership with the motor vehicle inspection center announces that inspections of public transportation vehicles and the continued inspection of school buses will commence on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.

All motor vehicles engaged in public transportation that have an inspection date prior to September 6, 2017 must be inspected.

Permit holders are required to report for inspection at the motor vehicle inspection center between the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Inspections will be carried out according to the Verordening op de keuring van motorrijtuigen.  School bus operators who have not yet had their vehicles re-inspected should also report to the motor vehicle inspection center during the aforementioned hours.

Strict adherence to the law will be maintained during the inspection process to ensure that passenger as well as driver safety is not compromised.

Please note that the fee for inspection of a motor vehicle is NAF. 37,80.