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Friday, Dec 04, 2020

Minister of Transport Lawrence Scott Throne Speech Initiatives Remarks

Good Morning. The mission of the Ministry of Transport is to transport people and goods efficiently and safely. One of our main priorities is; To transform the transport fare media so that it is frictionless and cashless. It is with this context that we aim to Modernise Public Transportation through the implementation of a Digital Fare Media. 
The mission of the Ministry of Transport is to transport people and goods efficiently and safely. One of our main priorities is;

1. To transform the transport fare media so that it is frictionless and cashless.

It is with this context that we aim to Modernise Public Transportation through the implementation of a Digital Fare Media.

A Digital Fare Media will provide the option for both residents and visitors alike to use their:

- Phone
- Credit or Debit Card

To pay for rides and track the location of their bus and/or ferry through an app.

Another advantage to the implementation of a digital fare media is that it will provide the Government with the ability to collect real time ridership data, which will allow us the ability to make necessary adjustments to the Public Transportation Schedule.

While we look to transition the bus and ferry service over to a Digital Fare Media, the majority of the Taxi industry has been using similar electronic platforms for years. However, the Ministry is aware that a Harmonisation of sorts is needed amongst Public Service Vehicles. In this Session of the House of Assembly, the Legislature will take under consideration a Bill to harmonise the licence fees for public service vehicles, with the aim to provide consistency within that industry.

The Ministry also believes the Motor Car Act 1951 is too restrictive in an area where growth and change are necessary to keep up with new technology. Therefore, necessary changes will be made to modernise various aspects of the Act.

For example, with an aging population, it is necessary to re-evaluate policies regarding vehicle licencing for seniors. Ensuring that our seniors are able to more easily access the services they require, while making sure all road users are appropriately assessed prior to being granted a vehicle licence, regardless of age.

The Ministry is mindful of the increasing number of vehicles on our roads, and believes that the promotion of a second-hand vehicle market will allow residents an affordable alternative to purchasing a new vehicle. Necessary regulations will be put in place to safeguard the second-hand vehicle marketplace.

Public Garages have become a steadily increasing source of complaints amongst various neighbourhood residents. It has been realized that amendments to the current regulations are needed, that allow the Government to better mitigate and mediate observed and/or consistent breaches, giving the Minister of Transport the authority to suspend and revoke licences.

Last but certainly not least, as the Minister of Transport, I want to re-emphasize the importance of responsible vehicle operation – both on our roads and waters. Going forward, the Bermuda Road Safety Council and the Bermuda Water Safety Council will be utilised to a greater extent to ensure that transportation safety is kept on the forefront in this vital public messaging.

This Wednesday, November 18th, I will join the Bermuda Road Safety Council’s Road Safety Day, taking place at City Hall in the City of Hamilton from 12:30pm until 2:30pm to show my support for all the agencies involved in highlighting the seriousness of this topic year round.

Thank you.
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