Transport Ministry To Digitalize License System

The Ministry of Transport has disclosed plans to digitalize the driver license system and other areas within the transport sector of Liberia by 2015.

Making the disclosure Thursday at the Ministry of Information weekly press conference in Monrovia, former Transport Minister Tornolah Varpilah said this regulation is in keeping with the ECOWAS mandate to standardize transportation in the West African sub-region and the world at-large.

Varpilah, who is waiting to turn over the ministry to a newly-appointed successor, said when instituted the digital system will reduce significantly the flaws and other malpractices such as the use of fake licenses and car documents.

He said that the ministry will work in collaboration with the Liberia National Police to ensure a robust campaign that will include the use of digital scanners to detect and authenticate whether driving licenses or car documents are genuine.

“Your car documents will not be a sheet of paper plastered on car windshields, but documents will now be contained on a digital card which you will present to police for scanning with a special digital device,” he noted.

According to Varpilah, the Transport Ministry is also planning to ensure stringent measures to institute road safety, marine cargo insurance, and the vehicle weighing system which, according to him, are all proposed measures of ECOWAS.

Meanwhile, Mr. Varpillah has cited the acute shortage of professionals and the lack of adequate funding as paramount concerns and key obstacles facing the smooth functioning of the Ministry of Transport. Courtesy: LINA