Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cadiz yet to name Cato’s successor

Transport Commissioner going on leave soon

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.