To better serve customers while following social distancing guidelines, the Department of Motor Vehicles recently introduced a new drive-through service, according to Transportation, Works and Utilities Minister Kye Rymer.

The department, however, is still unable to provide certain services.

Speaking during last Thursday’s House of Assembly session, Mr. Rymer said the DMV is now issuing learner permits and expects to receive approval soon to resume cone tests and driving exams.

The DMV also adjusted its hours, and it is now serving customers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

“The new appointment system is working well as we adapt to the new regular,” the minister said. “The drive-through service is working better than expected as social distancing is being encouraged, despite the temporary minimal inconvenience of some customers having to be served outside and shaded by a tent.”

Mr. Rymer also emphasised the importance of motorcycle drivers getting licensed.

“In 2019, there were only 224 motorcycles licensed within the territory, and this must change, as we are aware that there are much, much more motorcycles that are unaccounted for,” he said. “Insurance companies are on board to offer reduced rates as they partner in the message that ‘Safe Driving Saves Lives.’”

Since the beginning of the year, more than 60 scooter accidents have been recorded, with three fatalities, Mr. Rymer said.