Sunday, April 21, 2024

Licensing nightmare

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The temperature was hot at the Barbados Licensing Authority’s (BLA) office in The Pine, St Michael, yesterday – and it was not just due to the searing heat in the atmosphere.

Hundreds of Barbadians who turned up to beat the September 30 licensing deadline, as well as pay the second half of their income tax bills at the Barbados Revenue Authority’s (BRA) office in the same complex, not only had to contend with long, snaking lines well beyond the entrance, but also a protest by BLA staffers claiming one of their colleagues was being overlooked for promotion.

Upset customers said they were left stranded when workers exited simultaneously and went on their lunch break, leaving them just to stand in the heat idle for an hour.

Barbadians were rushing to secure licence plate tags that were to be placed on all vehicles by yesterday, with non-compliance resulting in $5 000 in fines at the Traffic Court. (TG)

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