Govt Launches Transport Green Paper Survey

March 12, 2018

The Ministry of Transport and Regulatory Affairs has launched a public survey to gauge views on Bermuda’s public and private transportation in advance of the Transport Green Paper, a Throne Speech initiative to “develop broad policy on the future of transportation.”

A government spokesperson said, “The public consultation process invites comment and discussion prior to policy formulation as the first stage of developing new laws or updating existing legislation.

“The Ministry is seeking to identify issues, modernize public transportation and develop realistic and prudent new policies for the future.

“There has already been consultation with more than 60 on-island and overseas stakeholders documenting concerns and identifying their desired changes.

“A survey for the public has been prepared, together with a separate student survey which will be released to students at school the week of March 26.”

Deputy Premier and Minister of Transport and Regulatory Services Walter Roban said, “Arising out of the Green Paper for Transport, we hope to realise improved payment options for public transport, better road and traffic management and higher interest levels in electric vehicle technology, to name a few.

“The surveys will include a broad range of categories and seek input on topical matters such as safety on our roads, modernizing Bermuda’s aging public bus and ferry fleet, cruise ship port development and active transport.

“The surveys will also look at the enforcement of existing legislation pertaining to taxis, minibuses, speeding, dangerous driving, drunk driving, bad parking and oversized vehicles.”

“The Ministry of Transport is responsible for developing strategies regarding electric and hybrid vehicles, minicar and motor cycle rentals, active transport, cruise ships, airport and port development. The survey will help to inform those strategies.

“After tabulating the results, the Ministry will conduct a World Café, similar to a stakeholder roundtable, to discuss the findings of the surveys. The plan is to identify realistic recommendations to be presented to Cabinet.

“The publication of the Transport Green Paper is to include forward thinking solutions and will be published in early June.

“The public can participate in the surveys online, at the Bermuda Public Library and Post Offices, or submit a written submission by e-mail to or by post to: the Transport Green Paper Throne Speech Initiative, Ministry of Transport & Regulatory Affairs, TCD Building, 2nd Floor.”

Minister Roban’s statement on the survey follows below:

When we look at road traffic accidents over the years, it is hard to find any evidence that any administration has moved the needle with regard to reducing bad driving in Bermuda. Yet every year, it seems to get worse.

In addition, it has been nearly two decades since we took a hard look at where we are with transportation and what we can do to make it better. It is clear that making the required changes on our roads will require a collective effort.

Just last week I attended the launch of “Impaired Driving Awareness Month” and stood with a number of people with like minds, who believe enough is enough when it comes to bad behaviour on the roads.

I have been gratified to see the impact made by the iconic Bermuda film “A Piece of the Rock” and the commitment of The Royal Gazette in their continuing road safety campaign “Drive for Change.”

The Government will be rolling out various strategies in the months ahead designed to make our roads safer, but also improve the experience of both private and public transportation.

Because while fatalities, accidents and poor motoring skills are all on the top of the list for most of us, as things which we would like to change, the list of our transportation issues is much longer.

We are looking to the future by relying on consultations with the public and we are already hearing a chorus and consensus that we must make commuting and pedestrian life safer and far more comfortable.

Many of the concerns are reflected in a new survey we are launching today, as part of the Government’s Throne Speech initiative to bring a Green Paper on the future of transport in Bermuda. The official document is sponsored by Cabinet to invite public comment and discussion on issues prior to policy formulation.

It precedes the potential development of new laws and creates the parametres for public input, with a view to identifying and modernizing transportation efficiencies and developing policies that are realistic, fiscally prudent, and which enhance transportation safety and experiences for all road users.

Bermudians are very opinionated, especially about motoring, so here is your chance to have your say. “The survey covers a variety of topics and can be found on the Government portal.

The Government intends to identify and action initiatives that will modernize and make transportation options more efficient, where fiscally prudent. We are inviting the public, as stakeholders, to contribute knowledge and ideas toward improving transportation in Bermuda.

And we have no intention of sitting on this information. We intend to share the tabulated results perhaps as early as June, after we sift through survey results, together with information derived from interested businesses and other private stakeholders.

The survey on Transport in Bermuda is online right now and we believe that the answers we derive from your contribution will chart a way forward and provide a mandate to effect real change for the future.

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  1. Aware says:

    Let bona fide houseguests of residents (not commercial rentals like Airbnb) get a license to allow them to drive their hosts car for up to 30 days a year

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Bermudians drive in countries all around the world on their Bermuda licenses. The privilege should be allowed by anyone from those countries. Why do we think that driving is so different?

  2. Y-Gurl says:

    I hope it’s in the green paper to fire the lethargic and innafective clowns that have a “job for life” within TCD that hold up and confuse issues within that Department, I have never seen such an attitude as within that building, they need to realize who pays their salary and hire some people with customer service skills