Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz says he will announce the name of the new Transport Commissioner who will be replacing Rueben Cato.
Cadiz, in an interview with the Sunday Express, said: “By mid-next week, someone will be in place to pick up duties.”
Told the Sunday Express had information Government’s choice for the position was assistant Transport Commissioner (South) Wayne Richards, Cadiz said: “I am not aware of any choice. I cannot comment on this issue since it has not yet been determined.”
Cato, sources said, will proceed on pre-retirement leave on March 7.
The matter, sources say, had been discussed at Cabinet and Richards was the preferred choice.
Sources added Cato has written the Transport Ministry on three occasions, seeking the name of his replacement since he has to transfer outstanding matters.
He is yet to receive a response, sources said.
When contacted by the Sunday Express last week, Cato confirmed he will be “proceeding soon on leave”.
Asked whether he has been approached by anyone to have his leave bought out so he remains in office longer, Cato said no.
The Sunday Express understands following Cato’s departure, Assistant Commissioner Basdeo Gosine is the next in line for the post, which is based on seniority.
Gosine, sources say, has acted on numerous occasions during Cato’s absence from the country.
According to the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, the Transport Commissioner is the Licensing Authority and shall be charged with responsibility for the registration and inspection of all motor vehicles and issue of driving permits and such other matters as are assigned to him.
The new Transport Commissioner will be tasked with ensuring a smooth transition, once the Motor Vehicle Authority (MVA) is up and running.
The MVA will replace the existing Licensing Division, and its main office will be in Frederick Settlement, Caroni.
It was under the previous administration, the People’s National Movement (PNM), that plans were put in place to establish the MVA.
This new system would have seen the issuance of tagged licence plates to assist police in catching criminals.
Two weeks ago, Cadiz told members of the media the MVA will become fully functional by September.