Brakes on bikes
Police are moving speedily to make the growing trends of “popping wheelies” on public roads, among other violations, a thing of the past for motorcycle riders.
Noting that they were already recording some success with measure put in place and have been charging riders and holding bikes in cases where appropriate documentation was not on hand, Station Sergeant Rodney Inniss of the Traffic Division told reporters today that lack of registration, road tax certificates, insurance, drivers licences and even questionable licences were all issues they were dealing with when it came to policing motor bikes on the island.
Speaking at a press briefing at District “A” Police Station, the traffic cop said they were writing up individuals with as many as seven individual charges related to offences on motorcycles, and were continuing efforts to make the roads safe for motorists as well as the riders themselves.
“Most of the bikes that we have been getting a lot of complaints about … are what are popularly known as the motocross, the scrambler type motorcycle, off-road terrain bikes. In most instances they do not carry a front or rear number plate as required by law.
“They do not have horns or warning devices as required by law. They do not carry head lamps, they are really just an engine and frame with a rider and are traversing all roads of Barbados doing nonsense.
“There is a lot of reckless behaviour — ‘wheelying’, bunny hopping, all of the different stunts that sadly we see associated with things we see on the Internet, X-Games…, the riders are pretty skillful, but as a motorcycle rider myself, the public road is not the terrain for that type of behaviour.
“I endorse the fact that if they come together and find somewhere else to go, private, where they do not pose a danger to themselves or the other road users, but certainly on the roads of Barbados, it is a no-no,” said Inniss.
The cop noted that there were instances where owners were changing the specifications of the bike, modifying them with larger engines without the knowledge or permission of the Ministry of Transport and Works, which was another violation.
In these circumstances, he noted that not only were the modifications not registered, but that it could also result in a changing of the classification of the bike.
“Another trend we recognise as well is the change in ownership. Some of the riders who do not have the necessary documentation now, they have relayed to us that they bought the bikes legitimately from previous owners and the bikes were previously registered with the Ministry of [Transport &] Works.
“What is required by law is that anytime you sell a motorbike, you have to notify the ministry…, informing them of the name of the new owner and address and whether you are still interested in keeping [the registration] numbers. In several cases that was not done.”
To avoid the bikes being seized in such circumstances, Inniss advised those selling bikes as well as those purchasing to make sure the proper steps were followed. (LB)