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Bureau of Motor Vehicles Gets Two New Trailers For St. Thomas … Two Arriving For St. Croix Soon

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two modular units have arrived on St. Thomas and two units will soon arrive on St. Croix as temporary office space for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Offices in each district were significantly damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

On St. Thomas, one of the modular units will be used for the renewal of and new applications for driver’s licenses, while the other unit will be used as a testing area. These units are scheduled to begin operation in late May.

“Our goal is to restore normalcy to the BMV’s operations and serve the people of the territory,” MBV Director Lawrence Olive said. “I am excited that the modular units are on site and will soon be outfitted to meet the community’s needs.”

Olive said that he “plans to implement many new changes to the BMV, including securing and streamlining the vehicle registration and driver’s license process and becoming 100 percent compliant with the Real ID Act by November 2018.”

The long-term plan is to rebuild the St. Thomas and St. Croix offices in new locations, next to the SFC Leonard B. Francis Armory on St. Thomas and in an area between the University of the Virgin Islands, Albert Sheen Campus and the Golden Grove Correctional Facility on St. Croix.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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